In last weekend’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers it seemed that what could go wrong did go wrong for Aston Villa, but a surprising positive to come out of the poor performance was the showing of previously criticised goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.
The 29-year-old Norwegian international arrived during a tricky time for Villa in the 2018/19 campaign, and with a mixed defence in front of him, as well as adjusting to life at the club, he didn’t really impress and drew lots of criticism for his shaky and unconfident performances. Rightly, he took plenty of praise for his showing last Sunday as he was steady, and few can attribute blame to him for the goals conceded.
Former right back Alan Hutton has now stated that he felt it was clear to the players that Nyland was never a bad goalkeeper or signing, and he showed enough in training to prove he was better than his early performances suggested, so so he was delighted to see his former colleague put in a far better performance.
“It’s been a strange one with the keepers over the last few years, there’s been a lot of comings and goings but he was obviously brought in and it didn’t quite work out, made a few mistakes. I saw a lot of him last season, he’s a very good goalkeeper so he’ll be the number two now and I would trust him, I would trust him in goal. I thought he had a good game when he came on, he obviously wasn’t expecting to come on and he was just thrown into it.”
Having now fully recovered from his injury and had some proper time to bed in out of the limelight there was certainly a marked improvement from him in the last game and we can only hope that continues now, although it’s fair to say it’ll take more than one match to win people truly over.
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