James Bree has suggested that he hasn't been given the opportunity to shine at Aston Villa, as he claimed that once he gets a 'run in the team' he can showcase his 'best football'.
The 21-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Championship side Luton Town, who have started the season in an indifferent manner following their promotion from League One.
Bree has been getting minutes under his belt at Kenilworth Road. He has played seven games in all competitions and provided his teammates with two assists [transfermarkt].
Nonetheless, Bree touched upon his lack of chances at Villa, as he claimed that he would have been able to prove his worth had he been given a proper run in the team.
“Everyone who is close to me knows, once I have got a run in the team, that’s when I play my best football," Bree told Luton's official website.
"At Villa, I haven’t had the opportunity to play ten or 20 games on the bounce and get my fitness and confidence up and start playing well. Hopefully, I can do that this season and we can start pushing up the league.”
Right-back Bree was signed by then-Villa manager Steve Bruce during the 2017 January transfer window when he made a switch from Barnsley.
Nonetheless, Bree has only played 28 games in all competitions for Villa [transfermarkt], with Bruce hardly giving him a run of games despite the four-time promotion winner signing him.
By the time Smith walked through the doors of Bodymoor Heath last October, Bree was injured, lacking confidence and game time.
He did feature under Smith, but for some of those games, he was playing at centre-back because of injuries before he was loaned out to Ipswich Town in January - now he is trying to make his mark at Luton.
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