Player #947

Appearances:

12

Starts:

12

Goals:

0

Seasons:

1

Pepe Reina
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Pepe Reina

Position

Goalkeeper

From

2019-20

To

2019-20

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Pepe Reina

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

36

Division

PL

Appearances

12
12

Starts

12
12

Substitute

0
0

Unused

5
5

Goals

0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

José Manuel Reina Páez

Birth Date

Tuesday, 31 August 1982

Birth Place

Madrid

Birth Country

Spain

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

AC Milan

From

For

Loan

On

Monday, 13 January 2020

Previous Clubs

1999-02 FC Barcelona |
2002-05 Villarreal CF, £675k |
2005-14 Liverpool, £8.82m |
2014 SSC Napoli (L) |
2014-15 Bayern Munich, £2.7m |
2015-18 SSC Napoli, £1.8m |
2018-20 AC Milan, Free |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

AC Milan

For

End of Loan

On

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Subsequent Clubs

2020- SS Lazio |

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

2019-20 (L) 12 | 12 (0) | 0 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Dean Smith |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Brighton & Hove Albion (a), Premier League

DEBUT

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Sunday, 26 July 2020

West Ham United (a), Premier League

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

(6 ft 2 in) 1.88 m

Foot

Right

International Team

Spain

Pepe Reina

Player #947 for Aston Villa, José Manuel Reina Páez, known as Pepe Reina played as a goalkeeper for the club in 2019-20. Reina was the 101st custodian of the Villa goal in professional football.

Reina was born in Madrid, Spain on 31 August 1982.

Villa had signed Reina on loan from AC Milan on 13 January 2020 at the age of 37 for the remainder of the 2019-20 Premier League season as cover for the injured Tom Heaton and Jed Steer.

Villa’s goalkeeping coach, and the 83rd custodian of the Villa goal in professional football, Neil Cutler explained the thinking behind Reina’s arrival: “When he steps on to the pitch he takes control of situations, he’s calm in possession. It’s his personality. He leads men. You can see when Spain won the World Cup and the Euros, he’s the one on the mic leading the group even though he wasn’t playing. He’s got that experience to lead the group, help the group and make sure we stay in the league this season.”

It wasn’t just his leadership skills that led Villa to bring Reina into the club but his ability to fit into the possession-based football that boss Dean Smith favoured. As Cutler explained “He [Reina] gets players on the ball, he dictates play, he dictates the tempo, he finds little pockets, he plays through the press and over the press.

“It’s his calmness and the way he controls the way we play.”

Understandably given his abilities and influence Reina took over as Villa’s No.1 on arrival and immediately set Villa on a better path with 4 points gathered from games against relegation rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford however thereafter results were less positive.

Four successive league defeats saw Reina put in some eccentric displays and conceding 11 goals - his error against Bournemouth where he palmed Ryan Fraser’s shot into the path of Nathan Ake and an all round poor performance against Leicester were particularly concerning.

Somewhat inevitably Reina lost his place on the resumption of football in June 2020. However Ørjan Nyland, Reina’s replacement, soon proved fallible himself and Pepe was returned to goal to the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Across his 12 appearances Reina conceded 20 goals at a ratio of 1.67 goals per game whilst keeping 2 clean sheets. Whilst those figures were comparatively poor they came in a struggling side and were enough for Villa to successfully retain their top flight status.

Reina returned to AC Milan after the end of his loan spell having exerted a positive influence on the dressing room in Villa’s victorious fight against relegations, even if he hadn’t proved infallible on the pitch.

Reina had played under Dean Smith.