By Danny Wright
Stan Collymore believes that John Ruddy is exactly the kind of player that Aston Villa needs in their squad ahead of next season.
The 30-year-old is currently available on a free transfer after he was released by Norwich as his contract at Carrow Road reaches its conclusion.
Collymore is regarded as an icon among the Villa Park faithful, and many fans trust his decisions on the club.
And it seems that after Ruddy’s declaration, the former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest winger would leave to see him stood between the sticks next season.
When asked by a fan what he thinks about Ruddy, Collymore responded on his personal Twitter account: “Solid goalie, great lad. Just what our dressing room needs.”
Solid goalie, great lad. Just wgat our dressing room needs. https://t.co/bnYjipFBG3
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) June 30, 2017
Ruddy has been a feature in the Norwich squad for the last seven years, and became a big part in helping them spend three years in the Premier League.
However last season saw the one-time England international’s form dip, and he was left out of the side for large chunks of the campaign.
He made 29 appearances across all competitions, but still managed to keep an impressive ten clean sheets, with one of them coming in a 1-0 win for the Canaries against Villa in December.