Neil Cutler would surely love to see Neil Etheridge join Aston Villa this summer.
A 29-year-old Filipino international with 62 caps to his name, Etheridge proved beyond all doubt last season that he has the quality to play top level football, producing a series of outstanding performances for a Cardiff side who would have been relegated a lot earlier without him.
But Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, not to mention goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler, were aware of Etheridge’s talents well before Neil Warnock led Cardiff to the Premier League.
The former Fulham youngster worked with Smith and Cutler for a brief period after joining Walsall back in 2015 – and he certainly made an impression on the latter.
"(Etheridge) is a perfectionist, works very hard in training and is learning all the time. You have to remember that before he came here, he hadn't played that many first team games,” Cutler said in 2016, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.
"But with a bit more experience he can go as high as he wants because he makes match-winning saves. They are the goalkeepers that play at the really high levels.
"They make big saves at big times and he has done that for us. He has been fantastic."
Cardiff are demanding a fee in excess of £10 million for Etheridge, according to Wales Online, but Aston Villa should have little problems paying such a fee after they sealed a much-needed return to the Premier League last month.
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