32-year-old returns from the cold: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Rotherham
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Aston Villa must make four changes if they are to field their best possible starting-line up against Rotherham on Saturday.
Steve Bruce will have to make some key changes to his side that beat Bristol City 2-0 on Tuesday.
Starting at the back, Sam Johnstone has to be dropped by Bruce after a spate of poor performances in goal. Although Villa have kept clean sheets in their last two matches, the Manchester United loanee has look very suspect and has almost conceded some sloppy goals.
Mark Bunn should return from the cold to replace Johnstone. The 32-year-old has a lot of experience and has been at the club for a couple of years now and he deserves a decent run in the side.
There needs to be one change the back four and that sees Jordan Amavi return to the side in place of Neil Taylor.
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The former Swansea left-back hasn’t had the greatest start to life at Villa Park so a recall for Amavi more than justified.
He lines up alongside James Chester, Nathan Baker and Alan Hutton in the best possible back four.
Conor Hourihane has to return to the starting 11 after his recent spell on the sidelines. He showed against Bristol with his goal that he is in top shape and should come in to replace Gary Gardner who has been ineffective in the claret and blue this season.
Mile Jedinak and January signing Henri Lansbury keep their slots in the midfield three.
Jack Grealish should also return to the starting line-up over Andre Green. Although the 18-year-old is highly rated at Villa Park, he hasn’t offered a lot in his last two starts.
His former academy counterpart has struggled to get back into Bruce’s plans after his red card against Nottingham Forest in January but he is one of the best young wingers in the division so should get into the starting line-up to take on bottom club Rotherham.
Bruce’s side could overtake their city rivals Birmingham City if they beat the Yorkshire club. However they would have to hope the Gianfranco Zola’s men fail to beat Leeds on Friday night.
If all other results go their way, Villa could move up to 13th place with 45 points, easing any fears of relegation they may still have.
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