Bruce cautious about Abraham

02 September 2018 07:15:00 EST

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has warned that loan signing Tammy Abraham cannot be expected to win games on his own for the Championship side.

The 20-year-old Chelsea striker impressed in the Championship while on loan with Bristol City during the 2016/17 season, scoring 23 goals in 41 league appearances for the Ashton Gate outfit.

You play football as a team, you have to win as a team - it's not an individual game.

Steve Bruce

Last season he was loaned out to Swansea City, but found life more difficult in the Premier League as he netted five times in 31 top-flight outings, 16 of which came as a substitute.

However, Bruce is confident that the two-time capped England international will prove to be a hit at Villa Park, while warning that the team as a whole need to deliver - words which sounded even more important after the Villans were thrashed 4-1 at Sheffield United on Saturday.

He told the club's official website: "He is one to excite the fans. He will be a very good player for us - I have no doubt about that.

"But we can't look and think 'he's going to be the saviour'. You play football as a team, you have to win as a team - it's not an individual game.

"He will make us better individually, but we have to play better as a team for him to gain the necessary momentum."

Villa have now gone five games without a win in all competitions, having started the new season with three consecutive victories.

The Midlanders are back in action on Saturday 15th September, when they head to Ewood Park, with the visitors 2/1 to win the game and 9/4 to secure a draw.

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