After a very impressive 18-months on loan from Manchester United, Sam Johnstone has attracted large amounts of interest from various Premier League clubs almost definitely ruling him out of returning to Villa Park once again like many fans would have hoped for after the clubs failed attempt at promotion. As a result of this, Villa will be looking to find a replacement for the 25-year-old.
Below are the possible replacements who are already at the club so therefore deserved to be considered.
To the surprise of many, Bunn was on the retained list that was recently released after many fans were expecting the 33-year-old veteran to move on after the expiry of his contract this summer. He only featured once this season on the final day away too Millwall where he filled in for Johnstone who wasn’t risked ahead of the playoffs. He performed very well on the day only conceding a penalty but making a double save from another penalty later on in the game. However, the retained list also includes Jordan Amavi who already made his move to Marseille permanent so Bunn’s name could also be a mistake. His contract is up on the 30th of June and with no contract offer mentioned, I presume we will see him leave.
Since joining Aston Villa in 2013 from Norwich, Steer has seen little first-team action with 3 loans in his time here. This season, he was used in the EFL Cup in 3 games letting in 4 goals and then making a sole appearance in the FA Cup where he let in a disappointing 3 goals at home to Peterborough in the third-round. Many consider Steer to be the obvious successor to Johnstone as he won’t require a transfer fee being paid and has impressed most when called upon. I would think that if Steer doesn’t get a chance to prove himself as our number one this season he will look to move elsewhere as it is unlikely he will ever get a chance at first-team football.
The young promising keeper who represents Montenegro at youth-level is an outside shout for the role but should be considered. The 20-year-old joined Wigan on loan at the start of the season but was recalled in January after not featuring once. After this, he went on to star in the Villa’s Premier League 2 title-winning season letting in 16 goals in 14 appearances. I personally think Steer is ahead of him but he would be a decent number two and cup goalkeeper if it is Steer who gets the nod.