In Focus: Bringing in Johnstone is sensible from Aston Villa

Aston Villa are close to welcoming back Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a season-long loan, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

The 24-year-old was always expected to go elsewhere this summer due to the unlikelihood of breaking into United’s first team.

The Red Devils have one of the world’s best goalkeepers in David de Gea, while Sergio Romero is a very accomplished second choice.

The Daily Mail claims that numerous Premier League and Championship clubs have shown an interest in Johnstone, but it is Villa who will win the race to sign him.

The England Under-20 international spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa Park.

Does this transfer make sense?

In short, yes. Johnstone has been loaned out to seven different clubs since graduating from United’s academy in 2011.

From his point of view, he needs to have a sustained spell somewhere, and given that he is already familiar with Villa, it makes sense to continue his progression at the same place.

Johnstone is at an age now where he should be trying to be first choice at a club, particularly at this time as he has just one year remaining on his deal at United.

From Villa’s perspective, manager Steve Bruce is already aware of his qualities and he has formed an understanding with the club’s defenders ahead of the new campaign.

In addition, the inclusion of new signing of centre-back John Terry will only help with Johnstone’s development.

The shot-stopper, who made 21 Championship appearances last season, may even join Villa permanently when the season comes to a close.

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