Aston Villa have officially confirmed the signing of AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina on loan for the rest of the season.
Reina, who was the second choice behind Gianluigi Donnarumma at Milan, comes in to replace the injured Tom Heaton at Villa Park.
Twitter: We are delighted to confirm the arrival of vastly experienced goalkeeper @PReina25 on loan until the end of the sea… https://t.co/c9kVruoLeY (@AVFCOfficial)
#AVFC @PReina25 https://t.co/drAFBC1zJh (@AVFCOfficial)
These Villa fans reacted to his arrival…
Twitter: @AVFCOfficial @PReina25 Love this. (@RHUTV170)
Twitter: @AVFCOfficial @PReina25 @eToro Love how you have to specify he’s “Vastly experienced” (@ollyrhodess0)
Twitter: @AVFCOfficial @PReina25 Feel kinda bad for Nyland. One game against City, conceded six, Pepe Reina signs 😆🙈 (@TonyWilde99)
Twitter: @AVFCOfficial @OfficialFPL @PReina25 @eToro Nyland better (@_harphoo)
Twitter: @AVFCOfficial @OfficialFPL @PReina25 @eToro Why did you guys sign a keeper when you already have Nyland and Kalinic? (@Mishael26851231)
Twitter: @AVFCOfficial Reina isn’t needed tho, top job from Nyland (@JoshDonagheyAV)
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These Villa fans appear to be upset by the club opting to go out and sign Reina, due to Orjan Nyland’s form since Heaton suffered his injury. In his three Premier League appearances this season, Nyland has recorded a WhoScored rating of 5.93, whilst Reina managed a rating of 6.45 in two Serie A starts.
This suggests that Reina would be a slight improvement on the current Villa shot-stopper, who started in the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend. When you consider that Reina is also eight years older than Nyland, at 37, you could see why some Villa fans may be frustrated by his arrival – as it has the potential to stunt the progress of Nyland.