By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have completed the transfer of Barnsley right-back James Bree, it was confirmed on Wednesday morning.
The club announced on their personal Twitter account that the 19-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract with the club.
Bree is the third January addition to Steve Bruce’s side following the captures of Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury and Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 25, 2017
Bruce has added the highly-rated youngster to his squad as he aims to earn instant promotion back to the Premier League.
The Midlands side are currently nine points off their minimum target and are utilising the January window to improve their squad.
Bree will now face competition with the club’s current right-back Alan Hutton who has played in that role for the majority of the season following the season-ending injury to Ritchie De Laet.
Football Insider verdict:
The capture of Bree is a magnificent signing for the club, both in the current climate and the long-term. During the early parts of his career, he has shown he can provide great stability in defence and be equally good in attack. This will benefit Villa as first team regular Hutton has not been able to provide the attacking threat needed on the right-hand side. Albert Adomah provides great quality but has not been helped in the final third by Hutton. Bree will bring that quality to the side which will make Villa are more potent attacking threat. Slowly, but surely this team is beginning to mould together and come the end of the campaign, it could be sitting in the top six.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Fabian Delph has issued a response after speculation about a return to the club.