Three reasons why senior Aston Villa figure deserves new 12-month deal
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Mark Bunn should be handed a new 12-month deal at Aston Villa as his current deal expires in the summer.
The 32-year-old goalkeeper is currently in his second season with the Midlands giants after signing a two-year deal following a move from Norwich in the summer of 2015.
But with his future up in the air, here are three reasons why the experience stopper should be rewarded with a new contract.
Villa should sell Gollini
Pierluigi Gollini’s start to life at Villa Park has been dismal. A number of high-profile mistakes against the likes of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday have seen him struggle in between the sticks.
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The 21-year-old Italian stopper has even been dropped in recent matches in favour of Bunn, as he struggles to prove his £4.3million transfer fee.
Villa should offload Gollini in the near future and that would mean keeping Bunn at Villa would prove crucial.
Willing to remain as a number two
The former Blackburn goalkeeper is happy to remain in the Midlands as back up whoever is the current first-choice goalkeeper.
A player with Bunn’s loyalty and temperament are rare, as most back-up goalkeepers complain over their lack of playing time when constantly on the bench.
However, Bunn’s willingness to warm the bench at Villa while being a more than adequate number two is something worth keeping.
Since coming into the side to replace former Manchester United trainee Gollini, Bunn has proved that he is more than capable to take the number one jersey.
Villa’s number 31 has made a number of top saved in between the sticks for Villa, including a clean sheet against QPR during the 1-0 win on Boxing Day.
Bunn looked confident against Leeds and limited Garry Monk’s side to just one goal on Thursday night, and could become Steve Bruce’s number one in the future.
In other Aston Villa news, Bruce has been handed a major transfer boost by this Premier League manager.