Robin Olsen replacement on the cards at Aston Villa after Unai Emery work behind the scenes at Bodymoor Heath - broadcaster
Ty Bracey believes Aston Villa will target a sweeper-keeper to replace Robin Olsen as Emi Martinez’s backup in the summer transfer window.
Although Martinez enhanced his reputation when winning the Qatar World Cup and the Golden Glove with Argentina, his deputy, Olsen, has struggled when called upon this season.
The Swedish international has conceded 14 goals from just six outings this season and recorded only one clean sheet in the 2-0 win against Spurs on New Year’s Day.
With third-choice option Jed Steer yet to feature in an Aston Villa matchday squad all season long due to an Achilles injury, the club’s goalkeeping reserves are limited.
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bracey urged Villa to invest in a backup goalkeeper this summer, but only one that could match Emery’s sweeper-keeper expectations.
“I think we will definitely go in for one goalkeeper this summer,” he said.
“With Robin Olsen, no offence but we need a little more from our backup goalkeeper, so I think it is important that we get that position filled this summer.
“I don’t think we will sign two keepers, though, I think the club will spend the money further up the field, but yes, we definitely need another goalkeeper.
“It’s not just about distribution, I think Emery likes a sweeper keeper, and that will likely be part of his criteria when targeting one this summer.
“If you watch Villa and Emi Martinez’s style of play recently, he is being asked to come out of his box a little bit more when balls are played over the defence.
“To me, that wasn’t a natural part of his craft before Emery arrived, and it is something that is clearly being worked on in training.”
Although Martinez has been rumoured with a move away from Villa Park this summer, the goalkeeper silenced any growing doubts by dropping a transfer hint to fans last month.
When asked about his future on the Behind The Game YouTube Channel, the 30-year-old admitted he loved life at Aston Villa, and he was trying to bring fellow international teammates to the West Midlands this summer.