Steve Bruce’s impressive honeymoon period ended this weekend when his Aston Villa side were defeated in a tight match against high-flying Leeds United.
This was the first time that the Villains had tasted defeat since Steve Bruce had taken over from Roberto di Matteo.
It was an impressive run of four wins and three draws leading up to last weekend’s match.
But perhaps the loss against Leeds was a blessing in disguise as it shows that Aston Villa are not infallible.
The squad that Steve Bruce inherited is far from perfect and the former Hull manager will be keen to put his own personal stamp on this team.
The January window is almost upon us and this is Bruce’s chance to ship out some deadwood and get in some of his own players.
Here are three players Aston Villa need to show the exit door and two they need to bring in this January.