'Dreadful manager': Some Aston Villa fans fume at Bruce amid Gallagher links

Aston Villa fans look dejected during the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.

Championship crisis club Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing striker Sam Gallagher on loan from Premier League Southampton.

Sam Gallagher of Birmingham looks dejected after Millwall score their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Millwall at St Andrews (stadium) on...

It seems that you would struggle to find a single Aston Villa fan pleased with reports that they are interested in signing Sam Gallagher this summer.

The 22-year-old Southampton striker did not exactly set the world alight a few miles down the road at St Andrews either. He scored a grand total of six goals in 33 Championship games for the Blues.

And, in the eyes of some Villa fans, reports in the Birmingham Mail that Steve Bruce has made Gallagher one of his top targets this summer is yet more proof that the former Sunderland boss is not the man for the job.

Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Villa may be in a financial mess at the moment but the club’s array of talented youngsters are at least giving the fans something to smile about. Keinan Davis made a real impression in the Championship last season despite a less-than-stellar goal tally, while Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Callum O’Hare have shown at U23 level that they are ready to make the step up.

But signing Gallagher on loan from Southampton would only serve to benefit the Saints long term, while once again restricting first-team opportunities for Hepburn-Murphy and co.

As one Villa fan points out, is Gallagher really that much better than Davis? And this is without mentioning the fact that signing a 6ft 4ins striker does not exactly suggest that Bruce is aiming to adopt a less direct style of football.

Alan Hutton of Aston Villa and Sam Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers clash during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa at Ewood Park on April 29, 2017 in...

 

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