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17th Jan, 2017 | 8:48am

Aston Villa senior figure: This has been our failing

By Amir Mir

Steve Bruce believes the failing of Aston Villa has been that they have purchased too many players.

The club’s senior figure is currently looking to add more quality to his Championship side as they are struggling to reach the top six in their bid for instant promotion.

Villa are ten points adrift of the play-off places having suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of their Midlands rivals Wolves at the weekend.

Bruce’s side have purchased one player during the January transfer window when Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone moved on loan until the end of the season.

Promotion expert Bruce gave an insight into the type of player he is trying to purchase this month as he highlighted the club’s problems.

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“If there’s been a failing, we’ve just bought and bought and bought,” Bruce told BBC West Midlands. “It’s just piled and piled and piled and that has not improved.

“But we are a big scalp. Everyone wants to beat us in this division. I have to be 100% right that the people who we are bringing to the club can handle playing for Aston Villa.”

Under former manager Roberto Di Matteo, the Midlands side purchased nine players and broke the Championship transfer record on two occasions.

Two of their most expensive captures were Ross McCormack from Fulham for £12million and Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City for an initial fee of £11million.

This month Villa have loaned out left-back Aly Cissokho to Greek side Olympiacos, while goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has joined Atlanta on an 18-month deal.

Their only permanent outgoing has been striker Rudy Gestede who joined Premier League side Middlesbrough.

Since the turn of the year, Bruce’s side have lost three matches in all competitions as they have also failed to find the back of the net.

In other Aston Villa news, the Midlands club could be involved in a transfer scrap as their rivals could hijack a deal for this playmaker.

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