Results tagged “gunnar nielsen” from Sunday Mercury - Andy Walker

At the start of the season, my Aston Villa-following colleague Mat Kendrick compared third goalkeepers to a third nipple.

It was a bizarre and controversial opinion, but one that I agreed with then and even more so now.

Seriously, what is the point of a third goalkeeper? Of course, I understand that they are there in case goalie number one and two get injured. Clubs sometimes go through a rotten spell of luck so it's perfectly plausible that number threes will get called into action every now and then.

But if Premier League clubs only belittle, disrespect and undermine their third-choice keeper when he is called upon, what is the point?