Aston Villa are one step closer to a return to the Premier League after a penalty shoot-out win over West Brom this week, a performance that highlighted the form of current Villa Park first choice keeper Jed Steer, who popped up with two crucial penalty saves.
Steer, 26, has gone from zero to hero, bobbing along as third choice keeper at Villa Park before being recalled from a loan at Charlton Athletic on New Years Day, to being thrust into a first team recall following an injury to new signing Lovre Kalinic.
For Kalinic it has proved to be a frustrating time, as even though he is now fit and well, the form of Steer has kept him on the sidelines.
So how must Kalinic be feeling after Steer’s heroics and trumping him to the starting spot?
“He’ll be concerned.
“To be fair, he can’t really complain because Steer has been excellent in the sticks and racked up a good amount of clean sheets.
“He’s a fine goalkeeper and Kalinic is going to have to be patient.”
“I think he’ll be worried about his place in the team next season. Kalinic is an experienced player and will probably feel that he is good enough to be the first-choice goalkeeper at Villa.
“I’m sure when he arrived at Villa in January he imagined he would be Dean Smith’s first-choice for the rest of the season, but it hasn’t worked out like that.
“Steer has been outstanding for Villa since returning from his loan spell at Charlton and was excellent in the penalty shoot-out against West Brom.
“Kalinic will be concerned about his place in the team next season.”
“Nobody is guaranteed a place in the first team at any club.
“Jed Steer has seized his chance and fair play to him.
“Lets face it, Villa were struggling for stoppers until he came back from Charlton.”