Steve Bruce took over the reins at Aston Villa with the Villains lingering dangerously close to the bottom three but he has since gone on to turn their fortunes around.

Roberto di Matteo started the season in the managerial hot seat at Villa Park but his reign didn’t last beyond the opening quarter of the season and he was shown the door after managing one win during his tenure.

His replacement, Championship stalwart Steve Bruce, has shown that there is potential in the squad he inherited and he has taken Villa from 19th the 12th, within a few points of the play-off spots.

The group of players that Bruce is working with are mainly di Matteo’s players, so he could look to ship some of his fringe players out in January.

Bruce will no doubt be looking to strengthen ahead of their final push for promotion and this will leave several players deprived of game time and they will no doubt be the ones Bruce axes.

Here, I will look at 2 players Bruce needs to axe this week…