Five changes in Bruce 4-2-1-3: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Reading
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Steve Bruce needs to make five changes when Aston Villa take on Reading at the Madejski stadium on Tuesday night.
Aly Cissokho, Tommy Elphick, Micah Richards, Albert Adomah and Ross McCormack must all make way for tactical or injury reasons.
Jordan Amavi, Nathan Baker, Alan Hutton, Jordan Ayew and Ashley Westwood need to come into the starting XI, as Villa search for their first win since August.
Defensive duo Elphick and Richards are injured, so they must be replaced by senior figures Baker and Hutton in defence.
Additionally, left-back Amavi must replace the out-of-sorts Cissokho, who gave away a daft penalty in his side’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend.
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Bruce needs to bulk up his midfield, with Jedinak and Tshibola struggling in the middle of the park against Wolves in a 4-4-2 formation.
Therefore, Westwood should start as a shield in front of the defence in a 4-3-1-2 formation, alongside the heavy legged Jedinak, with youngster Tshibola slightly forward.
Ayew needs to replace Adomah out wide, with the versatile attacker able to provide that special moment on the ball, which could see the Villans register a much needed three points.
Jack Grealish must continue on the left flank, with Jonathan Kodjia up top, despite his best efforts to make something of the dire attacking display at the weekend.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s senior figure is alarmed by the players fitness and has aimed a dig at former manager Roberto Di Matteo.