20-year-old axed in Bruce 4-4-2: Aston Villa best possible XI to play Nottingham Forest
COMMENT By Abigail Withey
If Steve Bruce is to guide Aston Villa to their third victory in the Championship on Saturday then he must change a considerable amount of players from the squad which faced Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
Villa were defeated by Garry Monk’s side in the third round of the League Cup during the week and on Saturday Bruce will need to switch up his formation if he is to secure a third win in the competition.
One player who must be axed is 20-year-old Josh Onomah, as although he provides pace and promising talent, he doesn’t compare to proven goal scorer Albert Adomah who netted two of Villa’s three goals last weekend.
In total, Bruce must switch all 11 players from their League Cup clash.
Sam Johnstone must return and replace second-choice stopper Jed Steer.
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In front of Johnstone, the best scenario would be for John Terry and James Chester to take up the centre-back positions with Neil Taylor in place of Ritchie De Laet.
If Villa want a result on Saturday the best midfield would be completely different from Tuesday’s, with Robert Snodgrass and last week’s double scorer Admoah returning with Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan in the middle.
Although Whelan may not be the strongest option at the moment, he’s the best option Bruce has got with both Mile Jedinak and Henri Lansbury doubtful to feature due to injury.
The ideal scenario up front would be to have Jonathan Kodjia alongside new goal scorer Keinan Davis.
Bruce has appeared to favour the 4-4-2 formation but hasn’t been able to put it into practice recently as he didn’t have enough players to make it work.
However, now after last weekend’s performance a number of squad members have shown that they are strong enough to be selected and there could be a positive result if the boss opted for this.
In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce has delivered an injury update on one of the clubs players.