Aston Villa appear to be getting themselves back on the straight and narrow under the stewardship of Steve Bruce, with his arrival sparking a revival within the Villa ranks.
It was a miserable start to life in the Championship under Roberto Di Matteo and the club’s poor start to the season saw the Italian manager fall on his sword and dismissed.
Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Leeds United last weekend was their first loss in seven games under the former Hull City manager and there is a real sense around the West Midlands-based club, that they can force their way into contention for the play-offs between now and the end of the campaign.
The January transfer window probably can’t come quick enough for Bruce and he will no doubt look to add some of his own players to a squad which is already brimming with talent.
Football League World writer Lee Clarke looks at two members of the current squad who Bruce will be looking to get more out of given their recent performances.