Aston Villa fans have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent times following their side’s incredible upturn in form.
Steve Bruce’s men failed to win any of their opening three Championship matches to seriously increase the pressure on the former Birmingham City chief, but since then he has overseen a sensational resurgence.
The Villans have won their last four league games and are unbeaten in eight since going down 2-1 to Reading on August 15, a run which has propelled them up to seventh in the division and right into promotion contention.
And several of our resident Villa supporters may be intrigued by recent comments from manager Bruce (via The Manchester Evening News) regarding the future of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, currently on loan from Manchester United.
The 24-year-old made the move back to Villa Park on loan at the start of the season following a decent spell there earlier this year, and he has since gone from strength to strength by keeping five clean sheets and conceding just ten goals in 11 Championship starts for the Midlands giants.
And manager Bruce is hoping to seal a permanent deal for the shot-stopper from his ex-employers, for whom Johnstone has yet to make a first team appearance.
He said: ‘It would be great to keep him here for the next few years as Villa’s No.1.
‘I will need to ask the question. The ideal move for us would be to buy him in January.
‘You’ve seen it, a young goalkeeper coming in and getting better with every game he plays.’
These comments are sure to interest Villa fans, who have seen Johnstone do a fine job between the sticks so far this season, and help the side go from looking over their shoulder near the bottom to genuine contenders for promotion to the Premier League.
Landlord’s verdict: Aston Villa’s resurgence in form has been well received by several of our resident Villans supporters, and the performances of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone have also been praised.
The 24-year-old has kept five clean sheets in 11 Championship matches this term to help Steve Bruce’s men to seventh in the division, and with his future at Manchester United far from certain, what with David de Gea increasingly likely to stay, the Villa chief is seeking to take advantage.
He wants him to permanently move to Villa Park given his fine efforts on loan, in a move which will surely benefit all parties involved, especially Johnstone himself, who is unlikely to make the grade at Old Trafford.
Villa fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience