Bruce must keep this emerging star in January: Three things we learned from Aston Villa v Wigan
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Aston Villa’s 1-0 win against Wigan during Saturday’s Championship clash.
Steve Bruce is still unsure of his best side
Since taking over at Villa Park, promotion expert Bruce is yet to name an unchanged side in his nine fixtures. With many attacking options available to him, former Sunderland manager Bruce is yet to give any of the likes of Ross McCormack, Gabby Agbonlahor or Rudy Gestede a fair run in the first team. Without that consistency, Bruce could be risking his chances of achieving a fifth promotion from the Championship. With the help of the January transfer window, Bruce must find out his best team soon.
Domination, but no breakthrough could become familiar sight
Despite finally finding the breakthrough thanks to Jack Grealish, it could become a regular occurrence to see sides set up camp in their own half to secure a point at Villa Park. The whole Villa squad have scored a fraction above one solitary goal every Championship fixture, with 22 goals in 20 games. Bruce must find a way in which he can restore the confidence of his strikers, as drawing blanks when dominating matches is unforgivable if promotion is the aim.
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Jack Grealish must be nurtured correctly
The 21-year-old is a real talent. He score in the last two minutes with a wonderful curling effort into the top corner, finally breaking through the Wigan barrier. The youngster looks to have put his party antics behind once and for all after starting and playing the entire 90 minutes. Difficult to mark, brilliant ball control, and creativity could tempt Premier League sides to come calling in January but it is of vital importance to his development and Villa’s promotion hopes that the Midlands giants’ number 40 stays at Villa Park. The club must keep this brilliant emerging star.
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