Championship side Sheffield United have been asked to end their loan spell for Robin Olsen amid rumors of a move to Aston Villa.
The 53-cap Swedish international joined United on loan from Roma in the summer. He made his debut in September’s 2-2 draw with Preston and played in the next 10 league games.
However, Olsen’s form was soon called into question and he lost his starting spot in November. The 32-year-old hasn’t been able to usurp Wes Foderingham since then, with the Englishman keeping four clean sheets in his last five outings.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Olsen has already agreed personal terms with Aston Villa as he seeks to leave Bramall Lane. Steven Gerrard is aiming to make him Villa’s fourth signing of the January window.
Former United shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, who made 314 appearances in seven years at the club, thinks it’s time to get off the hook.
He said Football Insider: “Look, for me, it’s a no-brainer. If he gets the chance to go to Villa it’s a good move for them, he’s only here on loan anyway.
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“I don’t see him coming back to the team and I wasn’t impressed with him when he played.
“That’s just my opinion. Get him out and take him off the payroll and that gives us the chance to bring someone else in. That person can actually be of use to us instead of just sitting around on the bench doing nothing.
“It’s about getting rid of a player who doesn’t contribute and having the possibility of bringing in a quality player. It makes sense to me.
United had been in the mix to sign Scottish centre-back John Souttar from Hearts. But the defender is close to finalizing a pre-contract deal with Rangers which will see him move to Ibrox this summer.
Paul Heckingbottom’s side take on Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday afternoon. Villa, meanwhile, host Manchester United at 5:30 p.m. on the same day.
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Meanwhile, Gerrard spoke about when new signings Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne will make their Villa debuts.
“They are available [against Man Utd]. Philippe has been training for three days now without any problems,” Gerrard told reporters. “Obviously we need to develop his match sharpness and fitness.
“Lucas is slightly different. He has been involved in group training for some time and he was available for Everton before his arrival.
“So, yes, they are both available for selection with the group and they are both well placed. But, obviously, the decisions will depend on the information we have had on the two players over the last two days.
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