Done deal: 24-year-old signs after Aston Villa agree terms
By Danny Wright
Aston Villa have confirmed that they have agreed terms with Manchester United to sign goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a season-long loan.
The Championship club announced on their official Twitter account and official website that the 24-year-old had become their second summer signing on Friday after John Terry moved to Villa Park as a free agent earlier this month.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 14, 2017
Johnstone had spent the second half of last season on a temporary deal with Aston Villa, and after a slow start, managed to put together a series of good performances to see Steve Bruce’s men ease away from a potential relegation battle.
The Man United academy product made 22 appearances across all competitions for the Villians last term, conceding 26 goals and keeping eight clean sheets.
He is yet to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils, but would have probably struggled to get anywhere near Jose Mourinho’s No 1 spot next season with the likes of David De Gea and Sergio Romero among the ranks at Old Trafford.
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This is Johnstone’s tenth loan spell away from United having previously had spells with Oldham, Scunthorpe, Walsall, Yeovil, Doncaster and Preston.
Football Insider Verdict
Johnstone’s signing is a great bit of business from Bruce, but it’s likely that the former Hull boss would have wanted to get a permanent deal done instead. Villa are one of the favourites to win the Championship title next season, so they need a good goalkeeper between the sticks. Johnstone showed last term that he is a capable set of hands and will definitely sort out what has been a huge problem area for Aston Villa in recent times. The Villains should look to try to sort out a permanent deal as his temporary stay approaches it’s end as Johnstone still has his best years to come.
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