By Danny Wright
James Chester is eager to see Sam Johnstone return to Aston Villa for next season.
The goalkeeper was signed by Steve Bruce on a loan deal from Manchester Unted in January but that has now expired after his final game against Brighton on Sunday.
However Chester believes that the 24-year-old would be welcomed back to Villa Park after a string of impressive performances helped guide the West Midlands club away from the Championship’s relegation zone.
“The type of character Sam is, having been brought up at United, he has the right mentality,” said the former West Brom and Hull defender, as quoted by the Express and Star.
“I think we have seen in recent months what a good keeper he is and he will only get better and better with age.
“If there is some business to be done there, it will be welcome. Sam has shown how good he can be.”
Johnstone didn’t get off to the best start at Villa Park and was widely criticised by fans for his poor performances in goal.
However he went on to make 22 appearances for Villa during his loan spell, earning the trust of the fans be keeping eight clean sheets, seven of which coming in a run of eight games.
Chester was signed by the Villains last summer after they suffered relegation from the Premier League.
After failing to make an impact down the road at the Hawthorns, the Welsh international became one of the stand-outs players in Aston Villa’s campaign by making 46 appearances in both the Championship and FA Cup.
In other Aston Villa news, Juan Pablo Angel has delivered his thoughts on his old club’s decline.