Neil Aspin says goalkeeper issue is one of many problems at Port Vale

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Neil Aspin has spoken out about the goalkeeper problem at Port Vale, addressing it as one of the ‘many’ problems at the club.

Vale have already utilised nine keepers so far in 2017, and have been troubled with the position ever since Jak Alnwick moved to Glasgow Rangers at the end of the January transfer window.

Aspin said that he is on the lookout for someone at the club to step up and take charge of the goalkeeping spot.

“I’ve never known a situation like it, it’s certainly counter-productive. It is going to be reflected on the pitch without a doubt. I have spoken to the back four and they have never played with the same goalkeeper at any time so that makes it difficult,” he said.

“There has been a lot of bad luck and a lot of injuries. Normally you think a goalkeeper may get left out with a loss of form, but you are not used to them being injured consistently. It is one of the problems at the club, of which there are many.”

To counter the issue, Aspin said he is planning to rotate the goalkeepers he currently has at his disposal, to see which of them performs better.

“We are getting a situation where we have to look really at the goalkeepers who are on the club’s books. Somebody at the club has to stand up and be the number one at the club,” he added.

“The onus now has to switch to them and we can give them a chance and see how they do.”

Speaking ahead of Vale’s FA Cup clash against Oxford on Friday night, Aspin discussed his options for the No.1 spot, and listed Nottingham Forest loanee Dimitar Evmitov as a potential contender, alongside Ryan Boot and Sam Hornby, who is hoping to make his return from injury.

“He [Evmitov] is eligible to play in the FA Cup, and we have a situation where we have had Sam Hornby injured. But he [Hornby] is due to train tomorrow for the first time in weeks, so we have a couple of choices for Friday, with Ryan Boot as well.”

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