COMMENT by Amir Mir
Steve Bruce will no doubt delve into the transfer market in January to improve his Aston Villa squad for a promotion push this season.
The Midlands giants spent over £50million in the summer under former manager Roberto Di Matteo, who was axed in October after recording just 11 points from 11 games.
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was one of the players purchased by the Italian as Villa sold the out-of-sorts Brad Guzan to Premier League outfit Middlesbrough.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Italian outfit Hellas Verona, was at fault for goals conceded in his first few games as Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield struck late on to clinch significant points.
Gollini has improved since then, but the youngster is still learning his craft and is still showing signs of vulnerability and indecision.
Promotion expert Bruce cannot afford to nurture a player in such a significant position during a vital period for Villa as they aim for instant promotion.
If Bruce is to cement a strong challenge for the top six then he must purchase an experienced goalkeeper between the sticks and have Gollini as back-up during this crucial period.
The Premier League will be an ideal place for Bruce to target with shot-stoppers such as Crystal Palace’s Julian Speroni and Watford’s Castel Pantilimon, the ideal candidates, who are failing to get regular game time.
Gollini would still be an important figure to the future of Villa, but it would be unfair to put so much pressure on young shoulders when supporters want promotion this season.
In other Aston Villa team news, despite his poor form Ross McCormack will be a vital figure for the club’s promotion push this season.