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Neil Cutler: Orjan Nyland's semi-final performance was 'first class'

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Orjan Nyland's Carabao Cup semi-final performance was ‘first class’ – but no surprise to Villa goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler.

Orjan Nyland

The Norwegian international made several crucial saves as Villa booked their place at Wembley by overcoming Leicester City 2-1 in their second leg at Villa Park.

And despite the signing of Pepe Reina to cover Tom Heaton’s injury, Cutler believes Nyland is another Premier League quality keeper on the club’s books.

“Yeah, first class,” said Cutler of Nyland. “He’s good in what he does daily – his work ethic, his desire to be better.

“He’s fantastic.

“It shows when he comes in and performs in games that he’s ready to play when needed.

“That’s down to his every day work and desire to improve every day that means he can come into high pressure situations and can perform.

“That’s how we set them up to play.

“It’s so important for him that he gets those games and performs well in those game to keep moving forward and keep showing people what he’s all about.

“He’s a Premier League goalkeeper – his right foot his left foot, he’s athletic, he’s quick and he’s still learning.

“You’ve got the likes of Pepe coming in to learn from him – I think everyone will learn from Pepe Reina.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
@mjmarr_star

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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