By Danny Wright

James Chester has talked up Sam Johnstone after the on-loan goalkeeper helped Aston Villa to a win against Wigan on Saturday.

The Manchester United loanee made an important save at 1-0 to keep Villa ahead at the DW Stadium as they went on to secure a 2-0 victory.

After a shaky start to life at Villa Park following a January move to the club, Johnstone suffered a lot of harsh criticism from the fans.

However the club have turned a new leaf in the past few weeks and the 23-year-old has kept five clean sheets in his last six appearances.

Furthermore, in all the games Johnstone has kept the opposition at bay this season, Villa have ended up winning the game.

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Chester, formerly of United, has claimed that Johnstone wasn’t helped by what was an all-round poor defensive effort in his first seven winless games for the club.

“It was a difficult start for him here and I don’t think we helped him, we were all over the place at some points,” said Chester, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

“I’m delighted for him. He is showing what a really good keeper he is and I am sure he has a bright future ahead.”

Johnstone has made 13 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side in all competitions since securing his temporary switch in the winter.

Although he is still on the books at Old Trafford, it seems as though his career at the club won’t see him progress into Jose Mourinho’s plans.

Villa are the seventh club the goalkeeper has been loaned out to in his short career so far.

Other clubs he has played for include Walsall, Yeovil and Preston.

In other Aston Villa news, Tony Xia has said multiple clubs have expressed interest in this midfielder.

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