Alex Bruce has torn into Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch for the club’s transfer activity.

The former Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the arrival of Pitarch has been a poor bit of business for the Villans.

The Spanish senior figure was appointed at the same time as manager Dean Smith and has played an important role when it comes to the club’s recruitment plans.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider earlier this month, Villa owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris are planning to get rid of the 56-year-old this summer after seeing their £125million summer transfer investment end in a relegation battle this season.

Bruce admits a number of new signings have disappointed and points the finger of blame at both Pitarch and Purslow for their involvement.

Bruce told Football Insider“Tyrone Mings, John McGinn Jack Grealish – they’re the main players that have done well for them.

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“If they were to stay up, those type of lads – the ones who have played pretty much every week and been the bedrock of the team – deserve all the credit they get if they stay up.

“There’s been a few disappointing ones, a couple of signings made. I think Christian Purslow went in there and was in charge of putting someone in charge of recruitment and ultimately I don’t think it’s gone down that well.

“I don’t think he’s done that good of a job, Purslow, since he’s gone in there.” 

Villa currently sit 19th in the Premier League table, two points off safety with a game in hand over their rivals.

The club broke their transfer record last summer with the signing of Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge.

In other Aston Villa news, Darren Bent has tipped one senior star to walk into Everton’s starting XI.