A number of Aston Villa fans hope Orjan Nyland starts for Dean Smith’s side tonight as the Premier League gets back under way after a three-month hiatus.
The 29-year-old was third choice at the start of the season but an impressive superb performance in the League Cup semi-final first-leg draw with Leicester City saw him thrust into the spotlight.
Although Villa brought Pepe Reina in at the start of the year following Tom Heaton’s season-ending injury, the Spaniard flattered to deceive in his last few appearances before English football was suspended.
Away at Leicester City, Reina’s error allowed Harvey Barnes to open the scoring en route to a 4-0 win, and in Villa’s Premier League meeting before that, Reina was again at fault at Southampton.
By contrast, Nyland put in a superb display in the League Cup final against Manchester City, and even though Smith has declared the slate wiped clean for his players (Birmingham Mail), many Villa fans would rather the Norwegian given the nod tonight Sheffield United.
Below are some of the comments on social media regarding the £1million man:
Has to be Nyland for me. Which means Pepe is nailed on to start.
— Paul Brookes (@Brookesy1986) June 16, 2020
Nyland everytime he’s came in this season he ain’t put a foot wrong
— James Timmins (@TIMMOVILLA) June 16, 2020
Nyland for me – he deserved it before the break & he’s done nothing but improve since Cutler arrived.
— Lou (@Lou_IzIs) June 16, 2020
I’d prefer Nyland or Steer , but I think he’ll pick Reina
— Myles Osborn (@myles_osborn) June 16, 2020
I think it will be Reina but I’d go with Nyland
— THEWILLROSS (@TheWillRoss) June 16, 2020
pepe doesn’t deserve to start after leicester
— Alisha ? (@alishaavfc) June 16, 2020
Start Nyland all day long
— CJ (@CJ7891234) June 16, 2020