Orjan Nyland came into the Aston Villa team for the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Liverpool on Tuesday night – and some of the club’s fans on Twitter were delighted with his performance.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper replaced Tom Heaton for just his second senior appearance of the season and he helped Villa progress to the League Cup semi-finals.
Dean Smith’s side recorded an emphatic 5-0 home win over Liverpool, who did field a group of academy players with their first-team away in Qatar for the Club World Cup.
But the Midlands side did have to deal with a bright start for the visitors, who didn’t show their age during the game and had some excellent moments.
Nyland had pulled off two top-class saves in the opening 10 minutes to keep his team level and he was kept busy throughout the match.
The 29-year-old has had to watch on from the sidelines for most of this season, but gave Smith a reminder of what he can do with a decent performance.
A selection of Villa supporters on social media were impressed with Nyland’s display in midweek and feel he’s got much better, as he was prone to errors last year in the Championship.
The Norway international isn’t going to overtake teammate Heaton in the pecking order, but it will be intriguing to see if he’s trusted in the semi-finals of the cup.
Here are some Villa fans praising Nyland:
— mal (@ObreyMalachi) December 17, 2019
Nyland appreciation tweet
— Adam whitehouse (@Adamw1985) December 17, 2019
Has Nyland hit the gym during his time recovering?#avfc
— André Chambers (@AndrePC82) December 17, 2019
— villaman (@trinityroader) December 18, 2019
How impressive was Nyland? Must have shut up some of his critics after that display!
— Mark Jirobe (@VillaMarkPGH) December 17, 2019
Nyland looks much improved. Apart from one wayward one first half, his kicking has been good too. #avfc
— Alex Berwick (@Alex_Berwick) December 17, 2019
Thought Nyland had a great game. Made some cracking saves #AVFC
— Brendan O’Neill (Filmmaker) (@Stickleback_Pro) December 17, 2019
Nyland is easily a shout for our MOTM tonight! Some great reactions saves but his distrubition still needs work. #AVFC
— Peter M (@PeterMc1988) December 17, 2019