'He's very good' - Alan Hutton raves over rarely-seen Villa giant set for first-team role
Alan Hutton says that he would trust Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland to fill in between the sticks after seeing Jed Steer suffer a lengthy injury blow.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland full-back, who played alongside both Steer and Nyland last season, says that the 29-year-old is a lot better than his early performances suggested, admitting he made a number of mistakes between the sticks.
Nyland made his first-ever Premier League appearance on Sunday, the 6ft 3in giant [Transfermarkt] replacing the injured Steer, who Sky Sports report will be out for two months, early on in a 2-1 defeat to Midlands rivals Wolves.
Having played alongside the Norwegian international both in training and on a matchday last season, Hutton has thrown his backing behind Nyland and says he will deliver if called upon as Tom Heaton’s number two.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s been a strange one with the keepers over the last few years, there’s been a lot of comings and goings but he was obviously brought in and it didn’t quite work out, made a few mistakes.
“I saw a lot of him last season, he’s a very good goalkeeper so he’ll be the number two now and I would trust him, I would trust him in goals. I thought he had a good game when he came on, he obviously wasn’t expecting to come on and he was just thrown into it.”
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Sunday was Nyland’s first appearance of the season and his first game for Villa since rupturing his Achilles tendon at the very end of 2018.
He played a total of 23 games for the Villans in his first year at Villa Park, keeping six clean sheets.
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