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After shaky start, has Glenn Whelan proved critics wrong during Villa's resurgence?

The Aston Villa midfielder has played his part in their surge up the table, even if some critics remain.

Aston Villa fans have not been kind to summer signing Glenn Whelan , and his early performances prove why. But the much-maligned midfielder has improved considerably in recent weeks and he has done the dirty work as Steve Bruce's side have steadily climbed up the table with three straight wins.

There are still some Villa supporters who feel the 33-year-old is not good enough for the starting line-up. However Whelan has experience in abundance and he is not afraid to get stuck in, allowing the club's more creative players to work their magic further forward.

It is no coincidence that Villa are now winning regularly, with Whelan having his feet under the table and used to his new surroundings.

The issue with Villa for weeks has been their lack of fire-power and that has been resolved in impressive fashion. Yet Whelan should not be consistently batted aside as the anomaly in an otherwise fast-improving team.

The 82-capped Republic of Ireland international would have been affected by Bruce's decision to bench him for the game against Middlesbrough, and since then he has returned with a refined attitude and some much improved performances on the field.

Some Villa fans will disagree, football is a game of opinions after all, but on recent evidence the target of so much ire is using it as fuel for his own fire.

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