Aston Villa fans here in the Tavern are hoping to achieve promotion to the Premier League, as a 3-0 win over Sunderland saw the Villains edge closer towards an automatic promotion place.
Steve Bruce has worked wonders for the Midlands club so far this season, as they now look on course for achieving a play-off spot at least. Indeed, transfer window business has had a huge part to play in their rise up the Championship table, with our local residents singing the praise of Robert Snodgrass, John Terry and Sam Johnstone.
Encouragingly, ‘keeper Sam Johnstone has been a standout performer so far this season for Villa, after joining on loan from Manchester United for the entirety of the current campaign. Although, his future in the Midlands is less than certain with the Red Devils possibly having plans for the 24-year-old in the summer, something that could force Steve Bruce into finding an alternative during the summer months.
Therefore, with Villa possibly losing out on Johnston in the summer, looking at other goalkeeping options would be a sensible decision. So, here’s a look at TWO shot-stoppers that the club should consider bringing to Villa Park…
Ben Foster has been one of the most impressive Premier League ‘keepers in recent years, and has managed to excel once again this campaign having produce seven clean sheets thus far. Indeed, this is a stat that has many of our local residents purring, considering the poor position that their bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion currently find themselves in.
Ben Foster could provide Aston Villa with a whole heap of experience as their last line of defence, having performed at the highest level on a consistent basis all throughout his career.
However, this deal may only be possible if the Villains secure promotion to the Premier League this season, with it being unlikely that the Englishman will want to drop down to the Championship.
Angus Gunn is currently playing his football for fellow Championship side Norwich City, after being sent out on loan to Carrow Road from Premier League leaders Manchester City. But, with City’s current dominance both domestically and in Europe, it’s unlikely that the Englishman would get a chance in their first-team upon expiry.
Indeed, the 22-year-old has produced 14 clean sheets for the Canaries so far in the current campaign, with his performances often being of a Premier League standard at times. And, having been called up by Gareth Southgate as a replacement for Jack Butland for England’s friendly against Brazil back in November, it’s clear to see that the shot-stopper is one of the most highly-rated young English goalkeepers.
Therefore, it could be difficult to bring Gunn to Villa Park permanently at the end of the season, but a loan deal could be in the offing to allow for the ‘keeper to gain even more valuable first-team minutes.