By Abigail Withey
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has revealed that “three or four” players were eager to leave the club over the summer transfer window.
The Midland side secured their second victory of the current Championship campaign away at Barnsley on Saturday with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Albert Adomah and Keinan Davies.
His team achieved their first away win of the season, after last winning away from Villa Park back in March.
Bruce admitted that he left behind a number of players to train over the weekend and revealed that at least half of the axed squad members hoped to leave the club over the summer.
“I let six train this morning who are not involved in the squad,” Bruce stated, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“There’s three or four who wanted to leave in the summer and it didn’t happen and I’ve left six behind.
“What you have got is competition and as long as they take it in the right way and they respond in the right way then the competition for a manager is good.”
The manager waved goodbye to seven players over the past few months, including Jordan Veretout, Nathan Baker and Carlos Sanchez.
Over the summer the boss also welcomed a number of new additions to the squad, including Glenn Whelan, Ahmed Elmohamady and new skipper John Terry.
For the squad member that were left out for the Championship game, there’s the potential for a run-out in just a few days.
Steve Bruce’s side face Garry Monk’s side, Middlesbrough, for the second time in seven days as Villa host the Yorkshire club in their EFL Cup clash on Tuesday.
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