With there being a trend for a Turkish flavour to more recent Aston Villa transfer rumours, Norwegian international goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has recently found himself linked with a potential move to Besiktas.
There wasn’t a lot in the original speculation, but it did seem to read as more of a loan move if anything given he’s out of contract at the end of the 2021 campaign, but it seems plenty of fans would rather he remained with us as No 2, as opposed to any permanent deal being done for on loan stopper, Pepe Reina.
Will Nyland Be With Us Next Season?
Yes - Decent Backup
No, Get Some Cash In
Speaking recently to Football Insider in his now more than regular column, former right back Alan Hutton showed praise on the 29-year-old for the way he’d stepped up to the plate this season when called upon – especially given his more shaky start to life at the club – but he felt that if a club like Besiktas did come calling, he felt Nyland would have a question to answer, simply because he’d want greater game time.
“It’s been a strange position over the years now, there’s been a lot of ins and outs. Jed Steer was ruled out with a serious injury, Nyland last season got a serious injury. Do you know what? I think he’s done excellent. For what’s happened he’s been knocked down the pecking order but he’s come on, especially in the cup games, and been outstanding. He’s still a young guy but as a goalkeeper, I think at that age, you want to be playing week in, week out. I’ve seen it’s Besiktas who are interested – a massive club, they play in Europe so will his head be turned? Possibly. There’s obviously goalkeepers in front of him so it’s a big choice to make. I do think he’s got all the qualities to be a number one at Villa but it’s whether he’s willing to wait around and get the opportunity.”