Alan Hutton has heaped praise on the “amazing” impact of Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina following his start to life at Villa Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aston Villa and Spurs defender highlighted 37-year-old’s experience and described him as “having it all.”
The former Spain international joined the Villans on loan from AC Milan this month to provide cover after the news Tom Heaton would be out for the remainder of the season.
Reina kept 134 clean sheets in 287 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League between 2005 and 2014 and Hutton says it looks like he looks right at home once again.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He has been amazing since he has come in.
“He is so calm on the ball. He is starting attacks and is commanding his box. These are all the things that teams want from a goalkeeper now.
“Combine that with his experience of playing at a high level, he has got it all. It is as if he has been here for years. As a defender when you see a goalkeeper that is calm, it settles you down.
“He has been a great signing. Especially after losing a top player in Tom Heaton for the rest of the season.”
The former Valencia and Napoli goalkeeper has helped Villa pick up four points from a possible six since arriving at Villa Park as Dean Smith’s side climb out of the relegation zone into 16th.
The Villans face a League Cup semi-final second leg against Leicester City before a trip to the Vitality Stadium to face struggling Bournemouth.
In other Aston Villa news, Darren Bent has been left baffled after defender isn’t credited with goal against Watford.