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Signing a centre-back must be the priority for the new Aston Villa manager

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Signing a centre-back must be the priority for the new Aston Villa manager

Aston Villa’s lack of depth at centre-back was a major factor behind their 2-1 loss to Millwall yesterday.

It was a makeshift central defensive partnership wheeled out by Kevin MacDonald, Aston Villa’s new caretaker manager.

Steve Bruce was sacked after Aston Villa 3-3 draw with Preston North End and MacDonald has assumed first-team duties on a temporary basis.

Whoever Aston Villa appoint as their new manager needs to address the centre-back problem quickly.

Otherwise, this will cost the Villans more points over the course of the season.

James Chester was suspended for yesterday’s trip to London after picking up a red card against Preston.

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And with Mile Jedinak injured, Alan Hutton had to line up alongside Axel Tuanzebe at the heart of defence.


Chester is the only established centre-half on Aston Villa’s books. Tuanzebe may get there but he is still young and learning his trade.

Bruce also liked to use the on-loan Manchester United man at right-back. This was to accommodate Jedinak, who is clearly not a central defender.

Consequently, the decision to loan out Tommy Elphick looks increasingly daft now.

There were no defenders on the bench for Aston Villa and this highlights how short they are in this department.

When January rolls around, the new Aston Villa boss must sign at least one new central defender and solve this problem position.

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