Should Steve Bruce give 'superb' Aaron Tshibola a second chance at Aston Villa?

22nd September 2018, Villa Park, Birmingham, England; EFL Championship football, Aston Villa versus Sheffield Wednesday; Steve Bruce Manager of Aston Villa waves to the fans before the game

Aaron Tshibola is shining in the Scottish Premiership with Kilmarnock and hasn't made a Championship appearance for Aston Villa since 2016.

Aaron Tshibola of Aston Villa  celebrates after scoring during the Premier League 2 match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Villa Park on January 08, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is clearly not a fan of Aaron Tshibola.

A £5 million signing during Roberto Di Matteo’s short-lived spell in charge at Villa Park, the former Reading youngster barely featured once Bruce took over just a few months later.

And the Geordie gaffer has since loaned out Tshibola in each of the last four transfer windows, to Nottingham Forest, MK Dons, Kilmarnock and Kilmarnock again. But the 23-year-old’s performances north of the border are only serving to rub more salt into Bruce’s wounds as the pressure rises on the under-fire manager.

23rd September 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Celtic; Aaron Tshibola of Kilmarnock outjumps Youssouf Mulumbu of Celtic

Tshibola made a decent impression at Killie in the second half of last season but, since returning to Rugby Park this summer, has taken his game to a new level under Steve Clark.

The London-born enforcer was superb in the centre of the park as Kilmarnock came from behind to beat Celtic 2-1 on Sunday, dominating the man he replaced at Rugby Park; Youssouf Mulumbu.

And Kilmarnock fans have certainly been impressed by Tshibola’s impact. Though it remains to be seen whether Bruce is willing to give a player he clearly doesn’t rate a second chance.

On current form, Tshibola could offer the energy and exuberance lacking in an ageing Aston Villa side.

13th February 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Scottish Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Dundee; Aaron Tshibola of Kilmarnock and Glen Kamara of Dundee fight for a ball in...

 

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