Aston Villa fans must be patient with Matija Sarkic's progress

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa holds his hands on his head during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park on March 13, 2018 in...

Fans of Championship giants Aston Villa want Steve Bruce to promote U21 star Matija Sarkic rather than sign Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Brad Jones of Feyenoord gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk at Feijenoord Stadion on October 17, 2017 in...

Aston Villa boast some of the most promising goalkeeping talent in English football right now, but that has not stopped the club from sending scouts to watch a 36-year-old shot-stopper ahead of the summer transfer window.

As reported by the Mirror, Villa have been eyeing Feyenoord’s veteran ‘keeper Brad Jones, with the former Middlesbrough and Liverpool man keen to return to England after three years in the Dutch Eredivisie.

It is likely that Jones is a contingency plan if Villa miss out on promotion, which will likely cost them the chance to sign loanee Sam Johnstone on an expensive permanent deal. But even if Villa are in the Premier League next season, the four-time Australia international would provide an experienced back-up option.

Brad Jones of Liverpool celebrates the goal scored by Martin Skrtel of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on December 21, 2014 in...

All of which suggests that Matija Sarkic has some way to go before he can fight for a place in Steve Bruce’s first-team plans.

Montenegrin Sarkic might only be 20 but he has been very highly rated within the walls at Villa Park for some time, having shone as the club’s first-choice under-21 shot-stopper.

Goalkeeper Sarkic Matija and defender Jordan Amavi of Aston Villa defend a corner during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on...

Even a failed loan spell at Wigan Athletic, which was cancelled in January after he made just three appearances for the League One side, has not stopped some Villa fans from demanding that Sarkic be promoted to back-up duty instead of the potential signing of Jones.

But with an experienced shot-stopper on Bruce’s wish list, you wonder whether the manager believes the time is not yet right for Sarkic.

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