Orjan Nyland has been discussing his status at Aston Villa after falling down the pecking order in the goalkeeping department.
Nyland has not played for Aston Villa since suffering an injury last year. He appears to be the third-choice keeper at present but told TV2 in his homeland that he knows things can turn around quickly in football and is still enjoying his involvement at Villa Park.
“I am part of everything the team does, and in a way I am part of it even though I have not been able to play yet. It can turn fast in football. It happened in a negative sense for me last year. Injuries and such things happen quickly, so it’s all about being ready.
“No, (I don’t know where I am in the pecking order) not really. For me, it’s about recovering from injury. Now I have practiced for almost two months without having any break at all. I feel good and I’m in the squad that travels every time.”
Aston Villa snapped up the Norwegian last summer but he struggled for form before suffering a ruptured Achilles in December.
Aston Villa signed Croatian international Lovre Kalinic as his replacement before Jed Steer stepped up with some brilliant performances to become the number one in their promotion push. Tom Heaton’s arrival in the summer added more competition to the role whilst, as reported by the Daily Mail, Aston Villa have recently taken Scotland international Jordan Archer on trial.
Nyland is certainly correct in stating that things can change quickly in football. As he points out, that worked against him last term.
But with Heaton and Steer ahead in the pecking order, Archer’s arrival would surely see him join Kalinic on the Aston Villa goalkeeper scrapheap.