By Amir Mir
New Aston Villa signing James Bree has stated that he cannot wait to get started at the Midlands outfit.
The club confirmed on their official Twitter account on Wednesday morning that the 19-year-old right-back has joined from Barnsley on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Steve Bruce’s side are aiming for instant promotion to the Premier League and have targetted the January transfer window for improvements after a poor start to the campaign.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 25, 2017
Bree is one of four signings made by the club so far this month after midfielder Henri Lansbury, on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Basel’s Birkir Bjarnason.
Here is Bree posting a message to the Villa fans after agreeing a transfer to the club as posted on his personal Twitter account.
A new chapter in my life and career! Can't wait to get started???????? https://t.co/WD3MuJPM83
— JB (@Jamesbree_97) January 25, 2017
The new signings have been tasked to help the club close the nine-point gap on the top six as Bruce’s side are yet to win a game since the turn of the year.
Highly-rated Bree will now challenge first-team regular, Alan Hutton for a right-back spot, with Villa playing Brentford away from home next Tuesday.
Football Insider verdict:
Two new signings in a day is a signal of Bruce’s intent of getting up the Championship table and earning a play-off spot. The purchase of youngster Bree will most likely see the end of current right-back Alan Hutton. The Scotland international has been a regular feature this season, with summer signing Ritchie de Laet out until the end of the season. Despite Hutton providing great strength in defence, he simply has not been good enough going forward and has not been able to link up well with the energetic and talented Albert Adomah. Bree is the type of player who would work with Adomah very well, and Bruce will still have Hutton as backup. His experience during crucial games of the season will be needed, especially if an injury occurs.
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