Viljami Sinisalo, the newest full international for Aston Villa, wants to be “the finest goalkeeper in the world.” The 20-year-old has started three League One games while on loan at Burton Albion.
However, the goalkeeper was just recently added to the Finland team along with players like Temmu Pukki of Norwich and midfielder Glen Kamara of Rangers. After playing for Finland from under-16 through under-21 level, Sinisalo is getting his first call-up to the senior team.
When Finland was called up, Sinisalo said on the Villa website, “I was startled in a way, but it was probably one of the best days of my life to get the call-up. “I’m very honoured and proud to be getting that – not many do. It’s a proud moment for myself and my family, it’s just brilliant. “I can’t put into words how hard I’ve been working towards it and for it to come at the age of 20 is brilliant.”
But back at Bodymoor Heath, Sinisalo has been complimenting Neil Cutler, the head of Villa’s goalkeeping division and his coach and mentor. He stated, “Cuts has been top notch. “I thought he took to me right away and assisted me in whatever manner I needed from the time he stepped in.
I haven’t seen this degree of detail before, and I doubt I will see it anyplace else. Emi (Martinez), with his attitude, degree of detail, and self-criticism, is a good example of this.
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He want to be the finest goalie in the world, and one day, I hope to fulfil the same dream. Cuts and Nayls’ (Mark Naylor) performance has been excellent.
Sinisalo, who signed a new contract at Villa until 2025 recently, also spoke of his previous loan spell at Ayr United where he became a fans’ favourite before an injury curtailed his stint in Scotland last year.
I had to load up the car with all of my belongings from my apartments and move five hours north to Ayr, Scotland,” Sinisalo recalled. “I spent the first month of my stay at a motel, which was challenging because there was no washing machine, which gave me some problems. The club arranged for me to have my own place in the end. I owe the club a huge debt of gratitude for providing me the opportunity and supporting me.
But you understand what it takes and how much it means to people by playing men’s football. There is a lot at stake. Being on my own with Covid limitations made it challenging in certain ways since I couldn’t return home to visit my family.
Everything was closed in Scotland so I couldn’t go out for coffee or anything. The fact that I was playing so much football was the thing that kept me going. I enjoyed it and I’d never change it.”