Aston Villa complete the signing of Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan from Roma when Steven Gerrard secures his fourth arrival in the January transfer window
- Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has made a loan to Aston Villa
- Olsen, 32, is Villa’s fourth signing of the transfer window in January
- He spent the first half of the campaign with Sheffield United
- He has experience from the Premier League and played seven games for Everton last season
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Sweden’s goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan from Roma until the end of the season.
The 32-year-old joins Villa after spending the first part of the campaign on loan from Sky Bet Championship team Sheffield United.
The Swedish national team player Olsen had a period in Everton last season and made seven Premier League matches for Toffees.
Robin Olsen has joined Aston Villa for the rest of the season on loan from Roma
Goalkeeper Olsen is Steven Gerrard’s fourth signing of the transfer window in January
“It was easy (the decision to go with Villa). When I heard about it from my agent for the first time, I decided to do everything I could to change club and sign for Villa,” Olsen told the club’s official website.
“It was an easy choice from the first call I got from my agent. When you come to the parking lot and see the building, you see that it’s a massive club.
I’ve heard how good it is, but when you go inside and see the facilities, it’s amazing. You have everything you need to improve yourself and become as good as you can become. ‘
Olsen will provide experienced back-up for Villa number one Emiliano Martinez.
Swedish star Olsen will provide healthy competition for Villas No. 1 Emiliano Martinez
“Emi is a really good goalkeeper and I think working with him will make me a better goalkeeper,” said Olsen.
– The level of the sessions will be high. Hopefully we can push each other to get better. ‘
Olsen joins the first choice Emiliano Martinez, understudy Jed Steer and Viljami Sinisalo as senior goalkeepers in the Villa squad, which gives competition for Villas No. 1 Martinez.
The Swedish star spent last season on loan at Everton so he already has experience of playing in the Premier League. His international credentials are likely to see him as a significant upgrade to current reserve guards Steer and Sinisalo.
Olsen has experience of the Premier League with Everton and spent this season at Sheffield United
“I decided to do everything I could to change clubs and sign for Villa,” Olsen said after signing.
Olsen has been loaned out to Sheffield United in the first half of this season, but lost his place in the team after an injury. He was recalled to Roma last week after Villa announced their interest.
Olsen joins Kerr Smith, Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho on the list of players who have joined claret and blue in January.
Gerrard is also still interested in signing Brighton’s Yves Bissouma this window. The Mali international, who currently represents his country at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, is valued at £ 50 million.