COMMENT by Amir Mir

Steve Bruce made the decision during the January transfer window to bring Premier League left-back Neil Taylor to the club.

For the majority of Bruce’s short reign thus far, Frenchman Jordan Amavi has been occupying that position on the left-hand side of the defence.

In the defeat against Nottingham Forest at the weekend, it was the first time that Amavi was dropped to the bench by his manager.

It is now looking likely that the club’s new January addition could be ahead of the highly-rated youngster in the left-back pecking order.

This may well signal the end of Amavi’s time at Villa Park as he has been a firm fan favourite since he arrived in the Midlands in 2015.

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For the short-term, the duo will provide each other with some much-needed competition at left-back, but it will be no surprise if Amavi is packing his bags and moving to another club in the summer.

Amavi has great attributes when going forward, the famous Holte End would rise to its feet when he is making an attacking run on the left-hand side and delivering a pin-point cross to his teammate.

He is perhaps a little top heavy when you compare his attacking to his defending but it is clear to see that the youngster has huge amounts of potential in the locker.

Amavi still has to add consistency to his game, improve his positional play and bring back that extra zip to his attacking play which he had prior to his injury.

With Villa looking highly unlikely to secure promotion this season and with a new left-back on the scene, Amavi may well be plying his trade for a top tier club in Europe in the summer.

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