Date: 14th August 2018 at 1:00pm
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Following his arrival ahead of the permanent transfer window deadline slamming shut for an undisclosed fee from FC Ingolstadt, goalkeeper Orjan Nyland made a mixed debut for Aston Villa at the weekend against Wigan Athletic.

The Norwegian 27-year-old international stopper took his place between the sticks and did pull off a couple of saves, despite letting two in as we ran to a 3-2 victory with goals from James Chester, and own goal and a stoppage-time effort from Birkir Bjarnason.

Nyland’s debut could certainly have gone better as an under-hit backpass from Mile Jedinak did him no favours at all and Nick Powell equalised as a result.

Taking to social media to give his brief thoughts following his debut, plenty of fans were more than willing to turn a blind eye to that particular moment of the game, and they tipped him for big things in the coming year with a belief that he would more than makeup for whatever part he played when it came to being possibly slow off the line.

With social media being notorious for quick easy and often anonymous, overreactions (Villa fans aren’t alone on that score) it’s pleasing to see the well wishes and the acknowledgement that he’s still settling into a new country, new teammates and a new division.

Let’s hope that understanding nature carries through for others – it certainly didn’t for Jonathan Kodjia as some fans continue to think real football is still a computer game, but each to their own.

A couple of comments talked about wayward goal kicks from the man as well – I say bring it on, the last goalkeeper we had who couldn’t take goal kicks was Mark Bosnich, and he was hardly shabby between the sticks!

From where I sit that could be a great omen for the man!

 

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