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Best of Bruce: Five signings

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Best of Bruce: Five signings

The pull of Aston Villa has seen some great players represent the club down the years, but the influence of the manager is always critical in luring names through the entry door. 

Steve Bruce has proved that in abundance during his first year at Villa Park - signing players who had offers in the top-flight, picking off some of the best individuals from around Championship and maximising the use of the loan system. 

And, like Brucie, we've put our selection heads on for his one-year anniversary and picked five of his best signings so far.

July 2017: John Terry

One of the standout signings of the summer, and easily the Championship's marquee coup, John Terry joined to the surprise of the football world back in July.

A move that arose from a game of golf between Terry and Bruce in Portugal eventually became a reality, with JT openly admitting he turned down Premier League offers to don the claret and blue.

Our new skipper is yet to miss a league game this season and has been part of a defence that has conceded just once in the last six games - fully justifying his signing.

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August 2017: Robert Snodgrass

Make no mistake, Robert Snodgrass was among the best players in the Premier League last season, with his efforts to try and keep Hull City up grabbing the attention of many other big clubs.

The fact that Bruce was able to prise the Scot to Villa Park should not be underestimated - he is a player of real quality.

After a quiet start due to lack of game time, Snodgrass is now fully up to speed - in the thick of everything going forwards and among the goals.

Snodgrass signs

January 2017: Conor Hourihane

Perhaps not a signing that received the attention of Terry and Snodgrass, but Hourihane has been fundamental to the side's improvement under Bruce, and probably our shrewdest capture.

The main man that everything went through at previous club Barnsley, the Irishman is now beginning to display the same verve and swagger that made him such a hit at Oakwell.

He is our top goalscorer this season with five under his belt and has been one of the first names on the teamsheet since his scoring cameo at Reading in August.

July 2017: Ahmed Elmohamady

As well as a few glamour signings in the summer, Bruce turned to a tried and trusted player from other spells in his career.

Elmo, by Bruce's own admission, has been one of the best he's worked with throughout his managerial days, and the Egyptian has slotted in seamlessly in B6.

He's now nailed down the right-back spot, and his sensational deliveries mean he has more assists than anyone else in the squad, with three this term.

Bruces signings

January, July 2017: Sam Johnstone

Bruce was so impressed with stopper Johnstone in his five-month spell at Villa Park last season that he had no hesitations going back in for him.

Thankfully, Jose Mourinho was happy to sanction his return, and Johnstone has been in magnificent form again this time around.

Stellar performances against Brentford and Nottingham Forest in recent weeks have reminded us all how crucial his services will be to our promotion bid.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 12th October 2017