Steve Bruce admits Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi suffered against Leeds United star

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks dejected

Villa turned down a huge offer for the left-back during the week so all eyes were on him against Leeds.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted to the Birmingham Mail that highly-rated left-back Jordan Amavi was given a bumpy ride by Leeds United winger Hadi Sacko in their 1-1 Championship draw on Thursday.

Jonathan Kodjia took his tally for the season to nine after thumping home an 86th minute spot-kick at Villa Park, cancelling out Pontus Jansson’s second half opener to boot, though Sacko could have ensured a ninth win in 11 league outings for the visitors late on only to be denied by the crossbar.

Leeds' Hadi Sacko in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi

Amavi, who owner Dr Tony Xia claimed is the subject of a £25 million bid believed to be from China, according to the Birmingham Mail, almost made a rare mistake under pressure from Sacko late on and Bruce concedes that the France Under-21 international endured one of his most difficult games in a Villa shirt.

“He had a tough time today against their boy Sacko, who I think is a very, very good player,” Bruce told the Birmingham Mail.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks dejected

“He’s stuck at it and he’s made a mistake late on and recovered, he’ll get better and better.”

Sacko has been one of the many success stories of Leeds United under Garry Monk, the on-loan Benfica winger settling immediately into English football thanks to his rapid pace on the flanks.

And Amavi will no doubt have breathed a sigh of relief at full-time, safe in the knowledge that he will not have to renew acquaintances with the 22-year-old this season.

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