'God help us' – Aston Villa fans react as reported talks begin for multi-million PL player
By Danny Wright
The majority of Aston Villa supporters are pleased with reports that Steve Bruce is looking to sign Sam Johnstone on a permanent deal.
Johnstone had a tough start to life at Villa Park and many supporters were calling into question the club’s decision to sign him, with some showing that their first impression of the goalkeeper is still fresh in their minds.
However in recent weeks, the 24-year-old has seen his form improve in correlation with Villa’s and has kept five clean sheets in his last six games for the club.
He produced a brilliant save against Wigan last week to help Villa secure a 2-0 win at the DW Stadium and fans largely agree that this is a shrewd piece of business by Bruce.
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Here is a selection of tweets from Villa supporters about the reported talks:
Signing Johnstone permanently for #avfc will be a great start to mounting a promotion push next season. Stability is key esp for GK.
— Dean Caffrey (@ElDeano_96) March 27, 2017
Think we all criticised Johnstone after dodgy early Villa career but he's really growing for us & at £3m we could do a lot worse #AVFC
— Jb08 (@jsb_av1) March 27, 2017
would love him to come on a permanent basis. He has really shown us his confidence in recent games
— Kieran Marks ???? (@Swarmzy_) March 27, 2017
Much better deal being permanent, loans surely make the player think they arent staying long
— Crayf (@ViIIaFC) March 27, 2017
god help us
— James Lloyd (@LloydyAVFC) March 27, 2017
If he can work on his obvious weaknesses then could be good, definitely improved. A reliable old head alongside him would be good.
— Rob Jones (@UpTheAstonVilla) March 27, 2017
Johnstone won't join for £3 million, can't see UTD wanting to let him go.
— Cal (@SouthallAV) March 27, 2017
Johnstone has never made a first-team appearance for Man United in competitive football but is still admired by Jose Mourinho as he signed a new contract at Old Trafford in October.
In a bid to get first-team experience, the goalkeeper has seen himself sent on loan to a host of clubs including Doncaster and Preston before winding up with in the West Midlands as Bruce’s first Villa signing in January.
Since his loan move, Johnstone has made 14 appearances in all competitions, conceding 17 goals.
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