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5 things we learned from Steve Bruce's latest press conference

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5 things we learned from Steve Bruce's latest press conference

Steve Bruce was on hand to discuss the week's events at his pre-match press conference at the Recon Training Complex on Friday.

There, he gave his thoughts on all the big talking points from the win at Hull City, the subsequent transfer activity and other topics.

Every word of what he said can be found in the embedded video below, but here's five other things we took from his latest media briefing...

1) A new lease of life

The manager made it clear that, in his mind, our best bits of business in the transfer window were, in fact, the bits we didn't do.

Having been nailed-on to have to sell players earlier in the summer, it was no longer the case in the closing stages of the window – to his delight.

He said: "I think the most important thing this week was keeping our best players.

"Just a few weeks ago, everybody was for sale. To keep hold of them and add two or three to the group, despite the fact I think there's still another two or three to come, is a good position to be in."


2) 'More to come'

And picking up where he left off in the previous quote, Bruce fully intends to maximise our opportunities in the loan window over the next few weeks.

He still believes we're a few signings away from being able to replicate last season's depth in all positions.

We'll have up until Friday 31st August to sign loans.

Reading between the lines, he remains keen on a left-sided player and at least one forward to boost our firepower.


3) Love for Nyland

The signing of Ørjan Nyland may have gone somewhat under the radar with everything else going on this week, but make no mistake – this is a huge coup for Villa as far as Bruce is concerned.

The boss revealed he's been chasing the Norwegian for the best part of four years, stretching back to his Hull City days.

Nyland's huge frame and quality ball-playing abilities make him the perfectly-rounded modern goalkeeper, and for the first time since arriving at Villa Park, Bruce has a man between the sticks who is in it for the long term.

"I think I've chased him now for the best part of four years – not just in my time at Aston Villa," he said.

"He's one I've come back to. He's the right age, he's got 20-odd caps for his country, so he's got decent experience. He'll be a big acquisition for us.

"We're quietly confident that we've got a very, very good goalkeeper. And he's our own, which is important."

Nyland has now taken the number one shirt, and will likely live up to that title from here on in.

4) Straight in

And don't be surprised to see Nyland and his two fellow newcomers John McGinn and Axel Tuanzebe start against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The manager is adamant that all have come in to play and make a real impact in his team as he goes for promotion once again.

With Jed Steer's loan to Charlton confirmed, Nyland should be a shoe-in. McGinn and Tuanzebe will be the two names worth looking for when team news is revealed at 2pm.


5) Back to business for Jack

He's been the subject of much transfer speculation this week, but it's back to business for Jack Grelaish.

Bruce now expects him to roll up his sleeves and become a pivotal player for a promotion challenge once again.

The 22-year-old looked his normal self in and around the training ground on Friday, and will be in the manager's thoughts as normal for Wigan.

"It's great for ourselves, and he's been terrific and respectful towards the club he and his family all support," Bruce said.

"He's taken the decision and we'll move forward. Hopefully he'll help get us where he wants to be and will be fulfilling all his ambitions with us."

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 10th August 2018