By Danny Wright
Aston Villa fans have blasted Steve Bruce’s decision to start Jordan Amavi against Fulham on Monday.
The 23-year-old retains his place in the Villa team that sees five changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Reading on Saturday.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) April 17, 2017
However one change that the supporters wanted to see did not happen as Amavi kept his place despite having a stinker of a performance against Reading.
The French left-back, who has also been deployed on the wing this season, was hooked after 62 minutes of action against the Royals.
Fan favourite Alan Hutton has seen himself axed from the side, as has Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane, Leandro Bacuna and Albert Adomah.
Bruce looks as though he is keen to keep his side fresh for the clash at Craven Cottage by rotating his squad.
However the Villa Park faithful are not happy with Bruce’s decision and have raged at his team selection on Twitter.
Here is a selection of their posts:
Is amavi buces love child? #avfc
— martin murrihy (@muzzavilla) April 17, 2017
Amavi survives surely only due to Taylor not being fit. Gardner and Grealish are in last chance saloon, need to start performing! #avfc
— [ Villamma ] (@villamma) April 17, 2017
Amavi and Elphick at the back = goals goals goals #AVFC
— villa_views (@villanews11) April 17, 2017
Amavi knows Bruce's secrets
— Luke Archer (@LukeArcher6) April 17, 2017
— Roger. W (@RW43avfc) April 17, 2017
I do approve of the 3 at the back idea. Takes the defensive onus off Amavi and lets him concentrate a little more on attacking #avfc
— matt (@dvtavfc) April 17, 2017
Amavi has made 34 appearances for the West Midlands outfit this season across all competitions.
He was forced to play on the left wing as an injury crisis plagued the club through March.
The former France Under-21 international joined Villa last season from Ligue 1 club Nice but his debut campign was plagued by injury.
Bruce and his men don’t have a lot to play for against Fulham on Monday, but Slavisa Jokanovic will know that a win could see his side move into the play-off spots if results go their way.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are in a four-way tussle to sign this £4million-rated midfielder.