Promotion hopefuls Aston Villa have struggled to find consistency at the start of the new Championship season, winning just two of six matches.
Steve Bruce’s side suffered their first defeat of the season prior to the international break and hover in a mid-table position, drawing their other three games, and are at risk of falling off the pace in the hunt for a return to the Premier League.
Questionable transfer decisions has seen Bruce earn plenty of criticism and the defence has been left particularly short of numbers, which is why the decision to allow Ritchie De Laet to join Melbourne City has ruffled so many feathers.
With discontent around the transfer business and the results on the field, it is building into a dangerous mixture at Villa Park for Steve Bruce and he has a stern battle on his hands to turn things around.
While things stay as they are, it is difficult to see Bruce seeing out his role for the duration of the season and changes could be called before Christmas in the build-up to the January transfer window – which would allow a new boss to rejuvenate the side.
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