Steve Bruce: Albert Adomah still very much in the plans at Aston Villa
Villa boss Steve Bruce has challenged Albert Adomah to recapture last season’s form after the winger missed out on a deadline day move to Middlesbrough.
The 30-year-old looked destined to leave on loan but failed to agree terms over a switch back to his former club.
Adomah, who scored 15 goals last term, had been allowed to speak to Boro following the arrival of Yannick Bolasie and Anwar El Ghazi at Villa Park.
But with the wideman now back at Bodymoor Heath, Bruce insists he remains very much in his plans.
“We have a bit of competition for places, which can only be good,” said Bruce.
“Albert is a valued member of the squad. You can’t help but like him. He is a great pro, a great lad who had a great season for me last year.
“I hope he can got off and running again. I think he understands the situation.”
Adomah, who earns around £40,000-a-week and has two years left to run on his current contract, had hoped his exploits last season would lead to a new deal being offered.
But Villa still have Financial Fair Play concerns and were reluctant to commit such a large sum of money over a long-term period.