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Aston Villa 2017-18 player preview: Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn has served a role the last couple years as Villa’s backup keeper. Does he still have a place at the club, though?

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Mark Bunn of Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on September 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England.
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I like Mark Bunn. He’s a fine goalkeeper and seems like a pretty cool guy.

I also don’t exactly know what his purpose is going to be at Villa moving forward. Sam Johnstone is the clear No. 1 option between the sticks, while Jed Steer is probably a better choice as the No. 2 goalkeeper — both in age and, really, talent. Sooner rather than later, Matija Šarkić should break through to the first team, too.

Bunn’s a prototypical backup goalkeeper at this level, though; good enough that he shouldn’t hurt you too much, but not good enough that he’s going to be the reason you win a match.

Also, he’s picked up a knock, so don’t expect to see him on the Villa bench anytime soon.

Will there be a role for him to play this year? If it’s yes, that’s admittedly not great news for the promotion charge.