19-year-old starts in Bruce 4-3-3: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Huddersfield
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Steve Bruce should make one change to his Aston Villa starting XI when they take on promotion chasers Huddersfield in the Championship on Tuesday night.
The Midlands club travel to Yorkshire looking to secure their fourth win on the bounce against a side sitting third in the table.
Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, who started the last game on the left wing and went off injured, should be replaced by 19-year-old Keinan Davis.
The club’s academy graduate was given a brief run around during the 2-0 win against Rotherham on Saturday and Bruce should select him for this fixture.
Youngster Davis must play up front with the versatile attacker Jonathan Kodjia filling the attacking role on the left-hand side.
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Furthermore, winger Albert Adomah needs to keep his place in the side because he provides the creativity out wide.
In the middle of the park, the combative Mile Jedinak is the backbone of this team and it is crucial he keeps his place.
The Australian’s presence will help the more attacking and creative duo of Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury work their magic from midfield.
At this moment in time, Bruce has found a formula which is currently helping the team pick up wins and secure clean sheets.
Therefore, he must stick with the same defensive line that has not conceded a goal during their last three matches.
The quartet of Neil Taylor, Nathan Baker, James Chester and Alan Hutton should be backed up by the improving Sam Johnstone between the sticks.
In other Aston Villa team news, this senior figure has reportedly joined the club after leaving Ibrox.