Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is longing to bring in Manchester United’s loanee goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a permanent basis following his stellar performances for the Villans, as per reports.
Johnstone, who has one more year left on his contract at Old Trafford rejoined Villa on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window. Since his arrival at the Villa Park, the 24-year-old has majorly impressed manager Steve Bruce, who as per Express, is ready to do ‘everything’ to keep the English shot-stopper at the club.
Bruce recently told the media: “We will do everything in our power to get him here permanently. He is going to find it difficult at United to break through because of what they have got so we are hopeful.”
The Red Devils’ loanee was influential in the Villans’ 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday, as he made a stunning save to grab all three points for his side. John Terry’s first goal for Villa was canceled by a wonderful Stefan Johansen free-kick, and even though Albert Adomah’s second half goal gave the Lions a lead again, Johnstone’s blinder-of-a-save was the key to Aston’s triumph.
Speaking after the win, the English manager said: “I know he was disappointed with their goal. It’s understandable because it has gone in his side. But his save is as good a save as I have seen for a very long time. It was up there with the De Gea save, a reflex stop.
“Sam has done fantastic in the last 12 months. It is typical of a young player. It took him time to adapt but given time he looks a very, very good goalkeeper.”
Johnstone has never played a competitive fixture for United in his career at Old Trafford, and with David de Gea in goal and Sergio Romero on the bench, the chances of the 24-year-old getting a start seem to be extremely bleak.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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