Dean Smith is lucky that he has had a number of goalkeeping options between the sticks available to him this season, otherwise Aston Villa could have been in real trouble.
The Villa boss was dealt a frustrating injury blow early into his tenure as Aston Villa manager with the news that Orjan Nyland was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles.
This meant that Jed Steer deputised in his absence, but was replaced by new signing, Lovre Kalinic who quickly established himself as first-choice goalkeeper in Dean Smith’s side.
But the January signing picked up an injury of his own when he collided with West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez a fortnight ago.
The Croatian shot-stopper missed the game with Stoke City at the weekend as a precaution but could be in line to return to the starting XI for their game against Derby County this weekend.
He was on the bench for the draw against the Potters and could potentially replace Jed Steer in goal for a crucial game against Frank Lampard’s side at Villa Park.
But Steer will be wanting to retain his place in the starting XI for this one, after being limited to just four league appearances this season for the Villans.
Steer can certainly feel aggrieved not to have been given more of a chance this season as he hasn’t made a notable mistake when he has been called upon by Dean Smith.
There’s no doubting that Kalinic is a better option to have in goal, but Smith would see the best out of the Croatian international if he had to fight for his place in the starting XI.
Steer will be fearing for his future at Villa if he is replaced, as it will be more evident that he isn’t favoured by Dean Smith at Villa Park and is well down the pecking order in his squad.