Aston Villa are finally looking like the side we expected them to be in the second tier, and they find themselves situated in seventh place.
Steve Bruce’s side have won their last four league matches, and they’ll be heading to Molineux full of confidence on Saturday as they face off in a Midlands derby against Wolves.
One player who has divided opinion amongst the Aston Villa faithful is Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.
The 29-year-old has found it hard to get regular playing time at the Villans, and it would no tbe a surprise to see the club offload the midfielder in January.
The writers here at Football League World have issued their verdicts on the Aston Villa man…..
A major disappointment during his time as an Aston Villa player.
Injuries limited his impact following his arrival last January, and he has failed to make an impact at the start of the current campaign, with Bruce handing Bjarnason just eight appearances across all competitions.
His form for the Icelandic national team tells us he is a good player, but he is yet to show his quality in the Championship.
Bruce appears to have settled on a starting XI, and Bjarnason faces an uphill battle to earn an opportunity.
Simply not good enough.
The Icelandic midfielder has been poor to say the least.
With huge competition in the middle of the park at Villa Park, he has struggled to compete for a starting spot, and has really failed to take the opportunities that have come his way.
He is nowhere near the starting XI as it stands, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on his way in January.
The Icelandic international works hard and has at times been played out of position but he really has been sub-par this year.
This isn’t to say he can’t turn it around but he is not going to get near Villa’s side right now and nor should he.
It looks as though a move away could be his best bet now.
It just hasn’t happened for Birkir Bjarnason at Villa Park.
He was prominent again as Iceland booked their World Cup place, yet can’t deliver for Steve Bruce.
The midfielder has been restricted to substitute appearances although he did start recently against Middlesbrough in the league. He was subbed at half-time, which just about sums up how his career has gone in England.