COMMENT by Amir Mir
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce needs to look at new reinforcements in his goalkeeping department after another mistake from Pierluigi Gollini.
Villa’s first team regular was at fault against Leeds on Saturday evening as the Midlands side lost 2-0 at Elland Road.
Gollini failed to punch away a cross, which led to Kemar Roofe heading in the opener as the Yorkshire club went on to claim a valuable three points.
His mistake added to a long list of errors the 21-year-old has made in his 18 Championship games this season.
The Italian shot stopper, who was purchased from Hellas Verona in the summer, has cost his side up to seven points this term.
Gollini’s decision making, inability to catch/punch the ball from crosses and distribution has been a huge problem.
He showed these flaws against Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and now at Leeds.
All of those fixtures, the majority of which game under former manager Roberto Di Matteo, were either in the balance or Villa were leading by a goal.
At this moment in time, Bruce’s side sit in 15th place in the second-tier, six points a drift of the final play-off spot.
Come the January transfer window, the promotion expert must get rid of the highly costly summer signing, who will only cause more problems as the season progresses.
Villa have strong ambitions to gain instant promotion this term and replacing Gollini in January will only help that cause.
He is little more than hopeless, and Bruce must be ruthless.
In other Aston Villa team news, Leeds supporters on Twitter hailed Pontus Jansson for his display against Villa.