Exclusive: Whelan feels sorry for 'Unfortunate' Aston Villa player after official announcement
Noel Whelan admitted he felt sorry for Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland as his run in the first-team had likely come to an end.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-striker admitted it seemed likely that Pepe Reina will replace Nyland in the first-team following his arrival.
The Villans announced on Monday that Reina had joined Dean Smith’s side on loan until the end of the season.
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Whelan shared it was very unfortunate for Nyland that his likely last outing for the first-team was the 6-1 hammering courtesy of Manchester City.
When asked if he feels sorry for Nyland as the loss to Manchester City was likely his last game for a while after Reina’s arrival,” Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah the thing is, you can’t always blame a keeper as it starts in front of him.
“You’ve got to go through the forward line, midfield and defence and the problem is as Dean Smith said, the defending was woeful.
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“It was disgraceful at times, so really as a goalkeeper, what was he supposed to do?
“I think Reina would be thinking he can help, but it is very unfortunate for Nyland that on the day where Reina is watching, he concedes six, so chances are Reina will likely end up being in goal.”
Nyland has played a total of nine times for the first-team this season, conceding 15 goals and keeping two clean sheets in the process.
The 29-year-old joined the Villans in the summer of 2018 from German side FC Ingolstadt and is contracted to stay at Villa Park until 2021.
In other Aston Villa news, Danny Mills says the club have tabled a bid for an attacker who is “clearly a talent”.