Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Paul Robinson says that AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina would be a “great addition” for Aston Villa after Tom Heaton’s serious injury blow.

The former Spurs and England shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that Dean Smith needs proven experience between the sticks after seeing Heaton ruled out for the season.

The Daily Mail report that the Villans have been offered the chance to sign former Liverpool keeper Reina from AC Milan this month and that talks are ongoing over a possible move back to the Premier League.

Robinson says that the 37-year-old still has what it takes to perform at the top level in England and that fans should not be too worried about losing Heaton if he is the calibre they are targeting.

Robinson told Football Insider: “I like Pepe Reina, I think he’s great and I still think he’s a great goalkeeper.

“I think he would fit the bill for what they need. I’m really disappointed for Tom Heaton, I spoke to him in the last week or so and it’s just a really unfortunate injury at a bad time for him.

“He’s been playing so well this season. He could have been the difference between Villa staying up or not this year.

“I think Pepe Reina would be a great addition. Villa fans shouldn’t be worried if those are the players they’re being linked with because they’re exactly what they need between now and the end of the season.” 

Reina made 285 Premier League appearances during his time at Liverpool, while he also has 38 Spain caps under his belt.

He has been a backup for AC Milan this season, playing just once in Serie A as Gianluigi Donnarumma remains the first-choice keeper at the San Siro.

In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton has been tearing his hair out over a senior player who goes missing for weeks.