What Aston Villa coach Neil Cutler said about Cardiff's Neil Etheridge in 2016

Aston Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler looks on during the Sky Bet Championship game between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on May 05, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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

Neil Etheridge of Cardiff City  during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Neil Cutler would surely love to see Neil Etheridge join Aston Villa this summer.

According to the Express and Star, the Premier League newcomers are weighing up a second bid for the Cardiff City goalkeeper, after seeing an £8 million offer knocked back on Monday.

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.

Aston Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler looks on during the Sky Bet Championship game between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on May 05, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

"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.

Cardiff City's English-born Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge shouts and gestures during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Cardiff City at the...

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