Orjan Nyland has been thrust into the spotlight at Aston Villa by Tom Heaton’s long-term injury.
But he showed what he could do in some style during last night’s 1-1 EFL Cup semi-final draw against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
Villa were forced to defend for long periods by Nyland gave confidence to his defenders by coming for crosses and made some vital saves as Dean Smith’s side secured a decent result to take back to Villa Park.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s equaliser has left the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg but with Nyland on this sort of form and Villa likely set to be cheered on by an electric Villa Park, they have every chance.
Plenty of Villa fans were full of praise for the way Nyland stepped up last night, doing everything he could to make the number one shirt his own.
It was a huge night for the 29-year-old but he rose to the occasion and that drew plenty of deserved congratulations online from the supporters.
Nyland is the man in possession of the shirt and while transfer rumours may swirl over who could come in and challenge him for the gloves, he won’t be losing them if he maintains this form.
No 1 no doubt
— driveitpaddy (@driveitpaddy83) January 9, 2020
You were my man of the match. Good luck in the coming games.
— pmason74 (@mrpamason) January 9, 2020
Brilliant stuff pal ??
— Villa / Brazen (@VillaFansUnited) January 8, 2020
— Thomas Curran (@ThomasCurran11) January 8, 2020
Outstanding today Orjan ?? keep it up
— Adam (@AdzW90) January 9, 2020
So pleased for you, Orjan. Great positioning and blocks. Thanks for your efforts ??????
— nicknackjames (@nicknackjames1) January 9, 2020
Super tonight. ??
— Jacko (@Jackodotcom) January 8, 2020
Keep it up big man ?? loving your work. #UTFV ???
— GAS Villa? (@gasvilla66) January 8, 2020
— nigel hendry (@HendryNigel) January 8, 2020
Well played again Orjan, great to see a keeper collecting crosses too ???
— Nigel J Moore ⚽️ (@Moorski7) January 9, 2020
— Colm McCarthy (@colmmccarthy_) January 8, 2020
You were superb mate ?
— matt king (@jeanstshirt) January 8, 2020
— David o mahony (@Davidomahony18) January 8, 2020
Top performance @OrjanHNyland1 keep them coming.
— Simon Wathen (@SimonWathen5) January 8, 2020