Emi Martinez replacement mooted at Aston Villa after what BBC pundit reads about Unai Emery, 'Big money'
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Alan Hutton doesn’t want to see Robin Olsen become Unai Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper next season if Emiliano Martinez leaves Aston Villa.
Martinez, 30, is a man in demand after a stunning campaign in which he won the World Cup with Argentina, the Golden Glove and qualification to the Europa Conference League with Aston Villa.
The Daily Mail even reported on 21 February that the Villans would listen to offers for the former Arsenal shot-stopper this summer with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all potentially in the market for new number ones.
Olsen, 33, played six times in all competitions for Villa this season, conceded 14 goals and kept just one clean sheet.
He stepped in for Martinez after Argentina’s World Cup success, playing a horrific role in the regrettable FA Cup defeat to Stevenage at Villa Park on 8 January.
Hutton hasn’t forgotten the experienced Swede’s shockers at Villa Park and doesn’t have faith in him to fill Martinez’s gloves should he move on this summer.
Speaking to Villa News about the goalkeeper situation, Hutton said: “Olsen has been the number two and has come in a couple of times.
“He’s made a couple of mistakes in the times I’ve watched him so I don’t think he should really be coming in as a number one [if Martinez leaves].
“I want Martinez to stay but if he was to go for big money, Villa would need a replacement and they’d want to do it quickly.
“Every time I read about Unai Emery, he wants his squad in place early so he can really get to work with them.
“It’s a huge season coming up off the back of a great Premier League finish.
“They’re into Europe now so he’ll want things in place early doors so he can have the best possible chance next season.”
In other Aston Villa news, this transfer is now off after a “terrible” turn of events.