COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Aston Villa need to bring Jack Grealish back into their lineup to face Cardiff at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Bruce is unbeaten in his first six matches in charge of the Midlands club, but with three draws he must add the attacker to his line-up.
The club have been left in 16th place and five points away from the play-offs following Roberto di Matteo’s reign and they must now go for more victories to stop them from being left too far behind.
Gary Gardner should be axed from the line-up for Grealish with the young starlet providing more of an attacking threat.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Agbonlahor must also move out of the starting eleven for Jordan Ayew, which will see Jonathan Kodjia take up the striker role in the middle.
The Cardiff side are currently battling in 21st under Neil Warnock, which means Bruce can afford to be more adventurous with an attacking line-up.
Albert Adomah should make up the attacking trio and with his direct running he will be expected to create chances against a weak Cardiff back line.
However, Ashley Westwood and Mile Jedinak will still be needed in the midfield to ensure that Bruce doesn’t leave his defence too open.
The back four must stay the same against Cardiff, as it will allow the defence to grow more of an understanding with time on the pitch playing together.
Meanwhile, the clash is also the perfect opportunity for 21-year-old Pierluigi Gollini to gain some confidence with it being a good chance for him to earn a clean sheet.
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