We hear it a lot don’t we.

New manager. A bit of a bounce. Time to be scared.

But Aston Villa should have nothing to fear going to Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

Why?

Because they’ve already wreaked havoc on two Championship bosses in their first games in charge this season.

In fact Middlesbrough’s Tony Pulis and Chris Coleman of Sunderland are the only newly-appointed managers (2017/18 season) in the division to lose their first game in charge.

And guess what? Both were against Villa.

So the message for Villa’s promotion-hunting players is: Bring on Forest and recently-appointed Aitor Karanka.

It’s the Spaniard’s first game in charge and he’ll be hoping to get off to a flying start.

But Villa are on a charge of their own and are desperate to build on the 5-0 win against Bristol City a fortnight ago.

They’ll be looking to make it three out of three against new managers this season, too.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, the other newly-appointed managers in the division this term are Birmingham City’s Steve Cotterill and Hull City’s Nigel Adkins - both of whom won their first game in charge.

We’ll wait and see how Sheffield Wednesday’s Jos Luhukay gets on tonight.

Transfer news

Aston Villa are hoping to seal a deal for Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe.

The 20-year-old is equally comfortable playing in defence or midfield and manager Steve Bruce is understood to have been tracking him for a number of weeks.

Bruce confirmed during his press conference this morning that he was close to completing his first signing of the transfer window and Tuanzebe is believed to be his man.

“Until we’ve got them over the line, out of respect for the clubs we’re talking to I can’t really reveal it,” he said.

Tuanzebe has made three appearances for United this season in wins over Swansea City, CSKA Moscow and Everton and has a further five appearances to his name dating back to his United debut last season.

Bruce enjoys a fantastic working relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho and already has goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan from Old Trafford.

If Villa can force the Tuanzebe deal through he will become Bruce’s fourth loan signing this term following on from Johnstone, Josh Onomah and Robert Snodgrass’ summer arrivals.

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Steve Bruce ‘will listen to offers’ for midfielder Aaron Tshibola as clubs prepare to make their move for Aston Villa’s forgotten man.

The 23-year-old has only played 10 times for Villa since arriving for £5million from Reading in 2016 and is expected to depart this month and the club are understood to have fielded enquiries.

Tshibola was sent back from a loan spell at MK Dons in November having failed to make a lasting impression at Stadium MK.

His stint with the League One side follows another unsuccessful loan with Nottingham Forest where he only played four times in five months.

And Villa are now looking to offload Tshibola once again with another temporary move most likely.

Asked specifically about Tshibola’s situation, Bruce told us: “He needs to go and play, that’s for sure. We will listen to offers for him. There’s one or two things bubbling away.”

Tshibola started Bruce’s first game in charge at Villa Park against Wolves before spending the next three months on the peripheries.

The former Royals man made a rare outing for Vila’s under-23s on Monday as they were defeated 3-1 by Fulham, but it’s first team minutes he needs.

“It hasn’t gone well for him at MK Dons,” Bruce added. “He will say, to be fair to him, that he played out of position. We’re not making excuses for that. However, he’s still only young and the burden of a big money move to Aston Villa possibly was too big for him.

“He’s got to go and establish himself. It’s a waste of time him playing under-23 football so if there’s a club out there for somebody like him, we’ll take it.”