Another shock transfer hits the Premier League as Villa announce an extremely experienced goalkeeper signing in the shape of Pepe Reina.
Sky Sports have let us know, Pepe Reina, an ex-Red is on his way to make a return to the Premier League. Aston Villa and AC Milan have reached an agreement that the shot-stopper will make the switch and stay with them till the season concludes.
Sky Sports News has verified a report in Italy that Villa and Milan have agreed a fee for the 37-year-old, and Reina is expected to arrive in Birmingham on Monday to undergo a medical and complete the formalities.
Reports following, the player is subject to a medical with the Lions sometime Monday. There should be no holdup and the transfer should go forward as planned with the announcement imminent.
One out, one in for the Villians
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Safe to say Reina is a big upgrade to Tom Heaton? Yes, I believe so. Reina played 10 seasons for the team who leads the Premier League pack now. During his time at Liverpool, the Spaniard only made nine errors leading to goals.
Additionally, his 285 appearances were met with 134 clean sheets. The man even has four goal assists. Yes, we must note the Villains are not getting prime Pepe, and with an age of 37-years-old, it could be a risky move returning after staying so long away from the Premier League.
A lot has changed since 2014. The Reds team he will face will only have one familiar face (Jordan Henderson) who shared a dressing room with the man making the move from the Serie A to England.
However, with age comes some much-needed experience. A good shot-stopper, a good reader of the game, and most notably, his quick distribution of the ball, enabling quick counter-attacks.
Sunday’s colossal loss
After Sunday’s 6-1 defeat to Premier League champions Man City at Villa Park, Reina became a need more than just a want. They have the second-worst defensive team in the EPL and are only behind first-place Norwich by three goals.
This is a cry for help and a sign things need drastic changes at the back. They currently sit 18th in the standings and are a point adrift from safety. This move could be the start to plugging up their leaks in defence.