Steve Bruce delivers verdict on Aston Villa 28-year-old, reveals what he is like in training
By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce believes that versatile midfielder Birkir Bjarnason will come good for the club and revealed he is always the last one to leave the training ground.
The 28-year-old completed a move to the Midlands giants in January and has endured a frustrating time so far.
He lost his first five consecutive matches in a Villa shirt and subsequently lost his position in the starting line-up.
The Iceland international then picked up a knee injury against Rotherham at the beginning of March and has not featured since.
Bjarnason has now returned to light training as he recovers from injury, but it’s unclear whether he will feature again this season.
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Bruce has highlighted the qualities of the midfielder and feels he can make a great impact at the club in the future.
‘Birkir has a great mentality. He’s first in and last out at the training ground. He’ll do very well for us. I am sure of that,” Bruce said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Bjarnason is a central midfielder by trade, but has frequently played in wide positions too.
He failed to register a goal or an assist during his first eight appearances for Villa, but was guilty of missing a few great chances to score and at least got in a good position.
The midfielder showed his qualities in front of goal at former club Basel, scoring 17 times in 64 appearances.
Bjarnason will hope to recapture his best form next season for Bruce’s side when they will be aiming to compete for promotion.
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