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Why Steve Bruce should reunite with this familiar face at Aston Villa this summer



It was not the ideal first season in the Championship for Aston Villa, especially given it started with optimism back in August.

The Villans were under the stewardship of Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo at the start of the campaign, yet he lasted just a few months before being sacked in October, to be replaced by former Birmingham boss Steve Bruce.

And although they had some good spells in the remainder of the season, they also had some bad ones, and ultimately stumbled to a 13th place finish in the table, a hefty 18 points adrift of the top six.

Yet with a full pre-season and much learned about his side, Villa fans will be expecting a much-improved campaign under Bruce, who appears to already be turning his attentions to the summer and getting some top talent through the doors at Villa Park.

And one man the 56-year-old should look to bring in is someone he knows about as well as anybody, his son Alex Bruce.

The 32-year-old was released from Championship-bound Hull City earlier this week, and as a result Villa must look to land the defender this summer, as he has the experience, know-how, and quality to help the Midlands outfit climb up the table next season.

Bruce has played at both Premier League and Championship level in recent times, in a career spanning 13 years and yielding over 300 club appearances, as well as four at international level.

And it’s this sort of experience, especially when 190 of those games came at second tier level, which could be invaluable in a transitional Villa side packed with youth and inexperience.

Bruce’s men lost 16 times in the Championship this season, but eight of them were by the odd goal, while they drew on 14 other occasions, of which eight were at Villa Park, and five were games they led in. But they were unable to see it out, for whatever reason.

That suggests that they are almost there – they just need that extra little bit, be it quality, experience, resilience, to get them over the line.

And 32-year-old Bruce would certainly bring those qualities, and add in his know-how of how his father manages, given they worked together at Hull, and the fact that he won promotion with Steve back in 2015, and Villa could acquire a seriously useful player.

At 32, his best days may be behind him, and he is unlikely to be a regular starter at Villa Park ahead of James Chester and Nathan Baker, but with there expected to be a big overhaul at the club this summer, his presence will surely be invaluable in a side looking to achieve promotion.

He has done it before, only two years ago under his father at the KCOM Stadium, and having that sort of experience and understanding of what it takes can only benefit a Villa side looking to rebuild and push on next season.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Why Steve Bruce should reunite with this familiar face at Aston Villa this summer

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