Don Goodman defends Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Aston Villa at Ashton Gate on August 25, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Aston Villa signed a number of players in the summer transfer window, including Josh Onomah and Robert Snodgrass.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks on with Gary Walsh and Stephen Clemence (right) during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on...

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion striker Don Goodman has suggested to Sky Sports that Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is getting too much criticism.

Villa have made a disappointing start to the 2017-18 Championship campaign.

Steve Bruce’s side are 18th in the Championship table at the moment with just five points from as many matches.

The Villans made a number of signings in the summer transfer window, including defender John Terry on a free transfer, winger Robert Snodgrass on loan from West Ham United and midfielder Josh Onomah on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Wolves and Sunderland striker Goodman has given his take on the current situation at Villa, and has said the he is surprised at the criticism that manger Bruce has received already this season.

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

“It's not been an easy start for Aston Villa,” Goodman told Sky Sports. “They were pre-season favourites for many, and there was a lot of fanfare around the signing of John Terry, but there are still problems at the club.

“I can't believe the amount of criticism Steve Bruce has had. He's proved in the past that if you stay with him he'll get you promoted sooner or later. It may not happen this season, but it will happen eventually.

“He's probably got a bigger rebuilding job to do than every other manager in the Championship.”

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Villa have a good squad and have a number of quality players, and the Villa Park faithful should be patient.

True, the Villans’ performances and results have not been great so far this season, but Bruce is a good manager and the club should have faith in him.

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