Livingston have confirmed the signing of Aston Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on a season-long loan deal.
Having lost number one goalkeeper Liam Kelly this summer, reinforcements were needed in the area. The Villains goalkeeper has been brought in to rival fellow Livi stopper Ross Stewart for the number one shirt.
He hasn’t played much senior football, but judging by the way some Aston Villa fans have reacted to the news, Gary Holt may be onto a winner.
Good move for the young lad .
— j (@mrAston_) June 26, 2019
Good option. Needs to be playing. 👌
— Supersized Sam (@SupersizedSam) June 26, 2019
— Andy Turnstile (@AndrewUllah) June 26, 2019
hope hes one for the future we keep a hold of.
— Zlatan1985 (@Zlatans1985) June 26, 2019
Good move for Villa’s future number 1
— Robert Smith (@RobertS97726143) June 26, 2019
Best of luck to our future number one.
— James Burke🌍 (@JimmyTheBrummie) June 26, 2019
Sarkic optimism from some Aston Villa fans should give Livingston hope
Ask any Livingston fan whether they’ve heard of Sarkic. If they respond with a yes, they’re either a Villa fan in disguise or complete liars.
Livi fans are heading into the unknown with this guy. Given the overwhelming positive feedback to his loan deal though from Villa fans, it seems like Holt has secured a decent stopper.
The Montenegro stopper has featured in some matchday squads for Villa. He hasn’t as of yet made a first team appearance though.
He did, however, get some high level game time with Wigan whilst with the Latics during the 2017/18 campaign.
Lions boss Holt seems pleased with his new signing, regardless of experience. He told the club’s website: “We feel we have brought a fantastic keeper to the club in Matija, he hasn’t played a-lot of first team football but comes to us highly recommended and we have done our research on the lad which all came back very positive.
“We feel that this move is a win-win for all parties: Matija will get some much needed game time and we are getting a GK which realistically would have been a good bit out-with our wage structure.”