Aston Villa managed Steve Bruce is pleased with the club’s transfer activity over the month of January and is hopeful that the new signings can boost their ambitions.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Burton Albion game as quoted in the Birmingham Mail, Bruce heralded the Claret and Blues’ signing of Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban and believes his arrival at the club can drive them on.
The striker, 30, has spent the season so-far on loan at Championship struggler’s Sunderland where despite the fact that the Black Cats are verging on their second relegation in two years, Grabban has been a shining light, banging in the goals on Wearside – 12 in 36 games.
Bournemouth’s forward made the deadline day switch to Villa, amidst rumours of a switch to rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a deal that will see him remain at Villa Park until the end of the season.
Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe also joined Villa in the transfer window.
“We’ve got a good striker who has been around the block a bit and has a bit of know-how. We’ve strengthened with Axel (Tuanzebe) and Lewis and hopefully they can take us where we want to go,” said Bruce in the Birmingham Mail.
“He’s been there and got the t-shirt. We all know he can score a goal at this level. A proven striker makes it an excellent bit of business.”
However, the boss said it was unlikely that the forward would make the grade in time for the match against the side at the foot of the Championship on Saturday as he has not played for the past month and will require more training before Bruce will consider him match ready.
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