Aston Villa have made their first move of the winter transfer window by snapping up Manchester United’s Sam Johnstone on loan.
United’s third-choice keeper is going to get playing time under Jose Mourinho’s rampant Manchester United, so Villa and their shaky goalkeeper spot make the Villans an ideal destination for Johnstone, who could give the United prospect some serious playing time.
This loan deal marks Steve Bruce’s first signing for Aston Villa and it shows a clear swipe towards Villa’s current goalkeeping department. Pierluigi Gollini has featured irregularly under Bruce, whilst Mark Bunn hasn’t exactly claimed the position for himself despite an impressive match against Burton Albion.
It is unclear whether this move will be made permanent, or if an option exists in the loan contract between Manchester United and Aston Villa, but one must ask questions - mainly, what is the damn point? Villa have the cash to make a major play for a keeper and if they are simply loaning Johnstone, does that hint at a big move in the summer?
As usual, who knows. It’s Aston Villa.