By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has stated that he has “heard a lot of good things” about Aston Villa’s new signing James Bree.
The club confirmed on Wednesday morning on their official Twitter account that the 19-year-old has made a switch from Barnsley to their Championship rivals.
Right-back Bree has been in tremendous form this season, right up to his last game for the Tykes when they beat their Yorkshire rivals Leeds 3-2 at Oakwell.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 25, 2017
The highly-rated youngster now makes a switch to the Midlands where he will be playing under the stewardship of promotion expert Steve Bruce.
After the deal for Bree was confirmed, this is what former Villa striker Collymore had to say about the new arrival as posted on his personal Twitter account.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 25, 2017
Bree, who came through the ranks at Barnsley, made 61 appearances in all competitions for the club, providing six assists.
This season, he has played 22 games in all competitions, and added two assists in 19 Championship games.
It is the second time in six months that Villa have purchased a right-back after former manager Roberto Di Matteo added Ritchie De Laet to his defensive ranks in the summer.
Unfortunately, the Belgian suffered a season-ending injury earlier on in the campaign which means Bree will now challenge the experienced Alan Hutton for a first-team place.
The duo will be vying for a start when Bruce’s side travel to Brentford next Tuesday, looking for their first win in five matches.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Sky have detailed the cut-price fee the club paid for this duo.