Aston Villa supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern in the last week or so after seeing their side’s Championship promotion bid derailed courtesy of back-to-back losses at the hands of Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers.
Steve Bruce’s men had just a few days earlier thumped league leaders Wolves 4-1 at Villa Park as they went into their meeting with Ian Holloway’s Hoops, but the Villans were comfortably second-best and deservedly went down 3-1 to the London-based outfit. And the Midlands giants were unable to head into the international break off a victory as well as an Adam Le Fondre strike in the first half proved to be enough for Phil Parkinson’s Bolton, thus condemning Villa to a ninth defeat of the campaign.
Thus, there have been many quiet Villans fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can get back to winning ways when they face Hull City on Saturday.
However, several of our resident Villa supporters are already looking ahead to what business their side could do this summer if they are indeed promoted to the Premier League, with many of the opinion that Tottenham outcast Michel Vorm should make the move to Villa Park in a bid to reignite his career.
Ultimately, the Netherlands international has been playing second fiddle to Frenchman Hugo Lloris ever since he made the move to Spurs back in 2014, which means that he has since mustered just 11 Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
However, it’s evident from those appearances, plus the other 31 in cup competitions, as well as his time at Swansea that the 34-year-old is a hugely adept goalkeeper at top-flight level – Spurs wouldn’t have signed him if he wasn’t.
Vorm kept 31 clean sheets in 97 appearances for the Swans during his three-year stint at the Liberty Stadium, winning the club’s Players’ Player of the Year award, amongst others, for his efforts in his first season at the club, in which he helped Brendan Rodgers’ side to 11th place in the top-flight.
Clearly, the 34-year-old is a Premier League goalkeeper, but with his contract due to expire at Tottenham in the summer (as per Transfermarkt), it remains to be seen whether he can extend his stay in the English top-flight.
But given Villa’s potential goalkeeping predicament, he may well seek to do so at Villa Park.
Sam Johnstone has been excellent for Bruce’s side this season in keeping 15 clean sheets and shipping just 37 goals in 35 Championship appearances, but he is only on loan from Manchester United, and it remains to be seen whether a permanent deal can be done this summer.
And with Mark Bunn out of contract this summer, it’s plausible that Jed Steer will be the only shot-stopper on the books come the start of next season, which is far from ideal especially if the Villans return to the Premier League.
But with Vorm set to leave Spurs yet still plenty good enough at top-flight level, the £2.25 million-rated outcast (as per Transfermarkt) should seriously consider making the summer move to Villa Park.
Villa fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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