£10m Neil Etheridge would be worth every penny for Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates with assistant manager John Terry (l) following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley...

Premier League newcomers Aston Villa have reportedly had an £8m bid for Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Neil Etheridge of Cardiff City celebrates after teammate Sol Bamba scores their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion at the...

Aston Villa have not had much luck with goalkeepers in the last few years.

Since the Midland giants were relegated from the Premier League in 2016, only Sam Johnstone has looked anything like a reliable option between the sticks.

Mark Bunn was never going to be anything more than a veteran bench-warmer, left-field additions Orjan Nyland and Pierluigi Gollini saw their undoubted potential undermined by high-profile errors while the less said about £7 million January arrival Lovre Kalinic the better.

 

The Sun (2 June, page 59) claimed that Aston Villa could look to replace the Croatian number one after just six months and eight erratic appearances between the sticks.

In short, a reliable, consistent shot-stopper is a must for an Aston Villa side preparing for a return to the big time this summer. In fact, it is absolutely priceless.

So Dean Smith’s side should have absolutely no concerns about spending over £10 million on Neil Etheridge after seeing an £8 million bid rejected by Cardiff City (Wales Online).

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates with assistant manager John Terry (l) following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley...

A Filipino international with 62 caps to his name, Etheridge might have been relegated with Cardiff last season but The Bluebirds would have croaked a lot sooner if it wasn’t for the 29-year-old’s virtuoso performances.

Etheridge kept an impressive 10 clean sheets in 38 Premier League games and he saved Cardiff from defeat on countless occasions. Whisper it but he could be Villa’s best goalkeeper since the heady days of Brad Friedel.

£10 million? He would be worth every penny.

Everton player Gylfi Sigurdsson (l) scores the opening goal past Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Everton FC at Cardiff City...

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