Aston Villa fans call for Bruce to axe 23-year-old against Newcastle
By Will Butcher
Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to call for Steve Bruce to drop goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for Monday night’s clash against Newcastle.
The 23-year-old has made a number of high-profile errors during his season-long loan move from Manchester United, despite a wonderful debut in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Tottenham.
In his last outing, Johnstone allowed a tame shot to squirm past him for Barnsley’s second goal during a 3-1 defeat to the Tykes at Villa Park.
Yet to keep a clean sheet in claret and blue in seven games since confirming a half-season loan spell with the Midlands outfit, Johnstone could now be dropped by manager Bruce.
Aston Villa fans called for Bruce to be decisive on Twitter and drop the January signing from his starting line-up to face Newcastle at St. James’ Park, with many calling for veteran back-up Mark Bunn to replace him.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I'm kinda hoping bunn gets the nod in goal 2nite cos we are gonna get really tested defensively, johnstone has been dodgy, ???? #avfc
— Layton (Probes) AVFC (@laytonprobert) February 20, 2017
we are with you Tony.Takes time to bed In lots of new players. BUT Steve B needs to drop Hutton and especially Johnstone #avfc
— Spencer Waller (@SJ_AV81) February 19, 2017
— Emmett Carey (@3MMETT_c4R3y) February 18, 2017
#avfc for some reason I have a feeling it will click on Monday… just hope Bunn starts over Johnstone
— Lewis Charlwood (@Lewis_C_AVFC) February 18, 2017
I'll take Bruce seriously when he drops Johnstone god awful keeper rabbit in the headlights #avfc
— the ginger one (@mahonnew67) February 17, 2017
#AVFC nothing against Johnstone, he is young and inexperienced in GK terms but I think Bunn would be better option right now
— Shay Villa (@ShayVilla1) February 15, 2017
Not going to sign Johnstone so no long term benefits from keep playing him, he's not the quality we need or expected #avfc
— Mark Bould ⓜⓑ (@Markbould) February 15, 2017
In what is his first loan spell away from Old Trafford, Johnstone has conceded an average of two goals every game, with 14 conceded in six losses and a draw since he joined.
After allowing Italian stopper Pierluigi Gollini to join Serie A outfit Atalanta on loan, 32-year-old Bunn could be given a chance to stake his claim for the number one spot.
In other Aston Villa news, Tony Cascarino believes Bruce should demand this to boost his players on the pitch.