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Steve Bruce must puts square pegs in square holes at Aston Villa to save his job

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Steve Bruce must puts square pegs in square holes at Aston Villa to save his job

Aston Villa have not enjoyed the start to the season that they may have expected.

A draw against Bristol City on Friday night left the Villans in 15th place with just one league win since early August.

Many fans are pointing the finger of blame at Steve Bruce, who has made some questionable selection decisions recently.

In order to win fans back and turn their form around, he must start playing his men in their preferred positions.

Let’s take his team selection for Friday’s trip to Ashton Gate as an example.

The defence was shambolic. Only James Chester was in his preferred position at centre-half.

Mile Jedinak (central midfielder) partnered Chester while Axel Tuanzebe (centre-back) was pushed to right-back.


And right-back Alan Hutton was played as a left-back.

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These decisions are even more confusing when you consider that the bench contained two right-backs (Ahmed Elmohamady and James Bree).

Elmohamady can also play as a winger. Alongside the Egyptian on the bench sat Albert Adomah, Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi.

Bruce had four wingers on the bench. Yet he started with none on the pitch.

Instead, Jonathan Kodjia (centre-forward) was pushed out wide when he is clearly better through the middle.

Bruce likes to pass the buck of blame but it is no surprise Aston Villa are not winning games with these tactics.

He must put players in their actual positions or else he will lose his job and someone else will succeed with this talented squad.

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