Speaking to the club’s official website, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has praised teenager James Bree, claiming the youngster will be a “very good player.”
Bree joined Villa from Barnsley during the January transfer window, but has struggled for opportunities since his arrival at Villa Park.
The right-back has made just four appearances, but has started in Villa’s last two outings against Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.
The 19-year old kept his place in Bruce’s side for Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Wednesday, despite regular right-back Alan Hutton returning from injury.
Bruce had praise for the youngster following Saturday, he told @AVFCOfficial: “James is level-headed, quiet and nothing seems to faze him. He just gets on with a job. He is going to be a very good player.
“He’s a young lad but he’s settled in here at Villa very quickly.”
Bree had impressed during the first-half of the season for Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley side, who surprised many by challenging for the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs before Christmas.
The departure of Bree and club captain Conor Hourihane, who also joined Villa, along with top scorer Sam Winnall, derailed the Tykes’ top-six push, with Heckingbottom’s side falling to 11th in the Championship table.
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