By Danny Wright
Lee Hendrie believes that Aston Villa are in the position they are in because of how poor their recruitment has been over the last few years.
The Villains suffered relegation from the Premier League two seasons ago and failed to return to the top-flight on their first attempt as they slumped to a mid-table finish in the Championship despite spending big on improving the squad.
However after yet another summer of wheeling and dealing, it has been yet another poor start for Aston Villa and manager Steve Bruce, who Hendrie believes needs to be given more chance to help his signings to settle down and get used to playing with each other.
“I think he’ll come good. I certainly wouldn’t change Steve Bruce as the manager. He’s got a great record in the Championship,” said for the former Villa Park midfielder, as quoted by Sky Sports.
He then proceeded to slam the club’s recruitment drive of the last couple of seasons: “They’ve brought in players in the past that have just not been good enough for the club, and I think Steve has tried to change that. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen overnight.
“It’s frustrating as a fan and as an ex player but I do feel that Steve has that mentality, and the signings he’s brought in so far have strengthened the squad. I just think it needs time to settle and gel.”
Villa were seriously impeded from spending much money in the summer due to Financial Fair Play restrictions as the bulk of their signings came in as either free agents or on loan.
Some of the players they did pay money for like Glenn Whelan have simply not been good enough in the opening phases of the new campaign, which seemed to have finally got going before the international break until Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Brentford.
The West Midlands side return to action on Tuesday night with a testing clash against Middlesbrough at Villa Park.
In other Aston Villa news, one of the clubs’ forwards has undergone surgery after being hit with an ill-timed injury.