The Aston Villa fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side can sneak into the final automatic promotion spot during the final two weekends of the Championship season.
Steve Bruce’s side have cemented their place in the play-offs this season, but with two fixtures left to play they still have an outside chance of finishing in 2nd place. Considering they are three points behind Fulham and 4 points behind Cardiff, it’s extremely unlikely that they will manage to end their season in the most dramatic style, but whilst it remains a mathematical possibility there is hope amongst the Villans faithful lining up our bar.
Plenty of players deserve individual credit for their performances this season, and none more so than Sam Johnstone who has been consistently solid between the sticks. Johnstone is completing his second loan stint at Villa Park from Manchester United where he stands no chance of breaking into the first-team amidst competition from David De Gea.
With that to consider, it seems likely that Villa will be able to complete a permanent deal for his services if they are able to clinch promotion to the Premier League, but if they are unable to successuflly negotiate a transfer with United they should turn their attention towards the blue half of Manchester and make a bid for Joe Hart (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt).
Hart has received plenty of critics for his inconsistent performances for the Hammers this season since he moved to the club on loan from City, as mistakes have continued to plague his stuttering career. However, barring a recent blunder against Stoke City at the London Stadium, the England hopeful has slowly began to show glimpses of his former self with a handful of acrobatic saves and commanding performances in recent months.
The goalkeeping position is arguably the most confidence-based position on the field. Mistakes are often punished, immensely costly and glaringly obvious, so it’s easy to understand how a couple of mistakes can snowball into a barren run of form.
Unfortunately for Hart, his snowball has shown little sign of easing up in recent years, but if he continues to match the standard he has shown of late until the end of the season there’s no doubt he deserves another chance in the Premier League next season. Considering Villa may need to replace Johnstone in the summer, Villa Park may represent the perfect destination for Hart to pursue his career.
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