The Aston Villa fans in the Transfer Tavern have been raving about the performances of their goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this season, and recent reports have given them reason to believe that his temporary loan move could become a permanent one this summer.
The resident Villans have been in fine spirits of late due to their side’s progression up the Championship table and, their current mood was further enhanced yesterday evening as they recorded a 1-0 win over 3rd place Cardiff City to move a step closer towards securing a place in the play-offs this season. With 4 fixtures left to play they have almost mathematically ensured they will finish inside the top-six this season, so discussion of a potential promotion is understandably a dominant topic of conversation amongst the Villa faithful propping up our bar.
Following promotion, Steve Bruce would certainly need to make a handful of acquisitions to ensure his side were competitive in the top-flight and, perhaps the most important signing of all would be to secure a permanent deal for their goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. The 25-year-old will have been with the club for almost 18 months when he returns to his parent club Manchester United at the end of the season, but recent reports from The Guardian suggest his return to the North-West will be short-lived.
According to the report, Johnstone has recently declared that he “may settle at Aston Villa now” following a thoroughly impressive spell with the club. With David De Gea standing in Johnstone’s way at Old Trafford, there’s no doubt he would suffer from a lack of opportunity with the Red Devils, so a permanent move away from the club would be in his best interests.
His brilliant form between the sticks for Villa has been one of the standout stories of the season for the club, so interest from Premier League clubs will certainly be forthcoming in the summer. Johnstone’s admission strongly suggests he would like to stay at Villa Park, but that could all change if his side fail to achieve promotion this season.
Villa supporters should be encouraged by Johnstone’s recent comments in the British media, as a permanent transfer almost certainly looms on the horizon if their club achieve promotion via the play-offs this season.
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