Exclusive: Robinson tips Smith to axe cup hero after early Villa team news v B'mouth
Paul Robinson says he expects Aston Villa manager Dean Smith to axe Orjan Nyland from the starting XI against Bournemouth after Pepe Reina’s return to finess.
The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Norwegian international’s heroics in the League Cup win over Leicester may not be enough to save him from the chop.
Smith confirmed at his pre-match press conference that the Spanish shot-stopper had returned to training and would be available for selection after overcoming a muscular injury
Robinson says that when you have a player the calibre of Reina at your disposal, you cannot afford to leave him out.
“I think if Pepe Reina was fit he would have played (v Leicester),” Robinson told Football Insider.
“All you can do is put in a performance like that when the manager gives you the opportunity but Pepe Reina’s been brought in as an experienced replacement for Tom Heaton, who was having an outstanding season.
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“The manager clearly feels he wants the experience and expertise of someone of Pepe Reina’s quality between the sticks. Unfortunately, the life of a second or third choice goalkeeper will find themselves back on the bench.”
Nyland was crucial in helping Villa secure a date at Wembley on Tuesday night, pulling off a handful of important saves to keep the Foxes at bay.
Smith has seen injuries ravage his options between the sticks, with both Heaton and Jed Steer ruled out.
In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton claims one man will not be at the club much longer after an official update.