Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has heaped huge praise on summer signing Christopher Samba for his recent performances.

The 33-year-old secured a permanent move to Villa Park during the transfer window on a free transfer.

The defender has started the last four Championship matches for the club after fellow new recruit John Terry suffered an injury at the start of the month in the home loss against Sheffield Wednesday.

With the experienced centre-back involved in the starting lineup, Villa have picked up three consecutive wins in the league, including a clean sheet in the 2-0 win against Ipswich Town at Villa Park on the weekend.

Samba has made a total of 10 appearances for his new club this season and he has also contributed with one goal in the process.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Bruce was quick to single out the senior man for praise and revealed that he was grateful for his recent displays.

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“He’s done terrific and it’s not easy filling John Terry’s boots,” he said.

“But he’s got that experience, knowhow and has won important headers and made crucial blocks at important times.”

“He’s really brought into it. And when he trains, he trains just as hard, if not harder.”

Bruce’s side have enjoyed a fine campaign, currently sitting in fourth place in the league table and they are only four points adrift of the final automatic spot.

Samba will be looking to continue his fantastic form when Villa travel to Elland Road to face fellow playoff hopefuls Leeds United on Friday evening.

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