Gollini axed in Bruce 4-2-3-1: Aston Villa best possible XI to face Wolves
By Will Butcher
Pierluigi Gollini should be left out of the starting eleven for the second consecutive match as Steve Bruce begins his Aston Villa reign against Wolves.
The Italian shot stopper has failed to convince fans and staff alike following his £4million move to the Midlands giants from Italian outfit Hellas Verona, as Mark Bunn dons the number one gloves again on Saturday.
Gollini’s absence is one of a number of decisions needed to be made by new manager Bruce, as he looks to make four changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Preston before the international break.
Scotland international Ross McCormack, Leandro Bacuna, Aaron Tshibola and Jordan Amavi should all be brought in by Bruce, as the experienced boss looks to orchestrate Villa’s second win of the season.
Versatile star Bacuna should come in over Alan Hutton after returning from suspension, as he offers more of a threat going forward and from set pieces.
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Similarly, Amavi will replace former Liverpool defender Aly Cissokho to provide an attacking outlet on the left side of Vila’s attack.
Gary Gardner and Ashley Westwood have failed to impress in the middle of the park for the Midlands giants this season. Aaron Tshibola, a hero after equalising against Newcastle in the final moments last month, will partner first-choice midfielder Mile Jedinak.
McCormack will be given the task of creating Villa’s chances throughout the match, after being left out against Preston. His creativity, vision and eye for goal will prove priceless as Bruce looks to make his side an attacking threat.
Albert Adomah is likely to come on as a substitute to use his pace against a tiring Wolves defence, with in-form star Jack Grealish and Jordan Ayew starting on the flanks.
Jonathan Kodjia will be relied upon to continue his goalscoring heroics from the international break for Ivory Coast, over Rudy Gestede.
In other Aston Villa news, Dwight Yorke has made this sensational assessment of his former side.