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Aston Villa have made the exact mistake Leeds United did least season, same solution?

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Aston Villa have made the exact mistake Leeds United did least season, same solution?

Aston Villa, like Leeds last term, have made a mess of their goalkeeping position.

Aston Villa have had a difficult start to the season and it has cost manager Steve Bruce his job. The club have made some big mistakes this season and one such error was in the goalkeeping department.

Aston Villa decided to replace Jed Steer, who had started the season well, with Norwegian international Orjan Nyland.

It has not worked out and now Mark Bunn has been brought in to replace the under-fire stopper.

The same mistake was made by Leeds United last season. Thomas Christiansen decided he wanted to replace Rob Green with Felix Wiedwald. Like Nyland, the new Leeds stopper arrived from German football. Like Nyland, Wiedwald was a flop.

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 26: Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Again, like Villa, Leeds eventually replaced Nyland with an experienced but limited back-up. Andy Lonergan was brought in but fared little better. Bunn, based on his display against Preston North End, is certainly not the answer.

Aston Villa should however perhaps learn from Leeds in this situation. The Whites turned to a youngster in Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Despite his moments, the youngster has become the club’s first-choice keeper and earned a place among the Northern Ireland international set-up.

So perhaps Aston Villa should start considering the idea of giving Atletico Madrid loanee Andre Moreira or talented Montenegrin Matija Sarkic a chance between the sticks.

It worked for Leeds and with something of a free hit this weekend considering their managerless position it is the perfect chance to do so.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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