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Sam Johnstone set to join Aston Villa on loan again

As Sam Johnstone wasn’t included in the US tour when the names were revealed on Sunday, it was likely to think that the United goalkeeper would leave the club and move away. Having spent the second part of the 2016/2017 season on loan at Aston Villa, Sam looks set to join Villa again on another loan deal.

Aston Villa manager, Steve Bruce is keen to sign the keeper as he has made a good impression last season, keeping eight clean sheets in twenty-two appearances for them. Villa was constantly insisting on a move that could possibly happen and they were waiting for the right moment. Sky Sports reported that the Championship side are keen on bringing him back at the club and will see the situation going.

There were talks last weekend that Bruce was keen to announce Sam Johnstone soon and he didn’t even hide it in an interview for the club’s website that he wants Johnstone from Manchester United. Here’s what he said:

“It’s no big secret that I am still hoping we can tie up Sam Johnstone from Manchester United.

“I think that’s still ongoing but ultimately we have to respect Manchester United.”

What does this leave for him now? Now, if we see the situation carefully, David De Gea seems happy at the club, Sergio Romero is an amazing second choice, while Jose Mourinho is looking forward to giving Joel Pereira also known as ‘the kid’, a chance. The situation doesn’t seem even better as he has competition in the younger ranks as Dean Henderson and Kieran O’Hara are also battling for their own chances. Henderson joined Shrewsbury Town on loan while Kieran O’Hara is in the training camp in Austria with the Reserves.

Not every academy player is meant to make the break and Sam spent a lot of time as the third choice goalkeeper but had to leave on loan. As a club, Manchester United offers these youngsters facilities and opportunities to launch a career somewhere else, even that’s not meant to be the club he raised. There are plenty of examples in that case and those who worked hard achieved big things, like winning the Premier League or proved people wrong and came back stronger breaking the world record fee for a transfer.

The situation is more than obvious, Sam might not find a place in the team next summer and if Aston Villa are happy with his job, we can all say that the academy graduate has found his place. It won’t be an upset, we have a good set of goalkeepers, but all we can say is wish him good luck in his new adventure.

Until next summer anything could happen and we can see wonders. Romero may leave, De Gea may make his own choice the one we are afraid of, but in case this happens, no worries. Manchester United don’t suffer in these terms, the keeping position is literally in safe hands. Time to move on, Steve Bruce definitely knows that he is a talented goalie and he could be a history of success wherever he goes and plays.

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