Aston Villa drew 5-5 with Nottingham Forest at Villa Park last night in a game where defensive duties were seemingly abandoned. Aston Villa fans will, however, feel they deserved the win and would have got it were it not for goalkeeper Orjan Nyland.
He conceded the fifth goal from Forest at his near-post, a shot he was expected to save. Aston Villa fans have got used to being disappointed in the Norwegian. He has struggled to win over fans since his arrival.
The £1 million arrival from Ingolstadt has simply not convinced fans he is good enough to be the number one at Villa Park. Based on his recent form, it is easy to understand why they think that.
Steve Bruce’s signature of Nyland forced another Aston Villa keeper out. Jed Steer started the season as number one but was swiftly loaned to Charlton Athletic after Nyland’s arrival.
The 26-year-old is a very talented keeper, whose career has been blighted by injuries. But he has been a Championship regular, playing 38 games on loan at Huddersfield Town in 2015-16.
So he seemed more than ready to take the step forward. His form at Charlton Athletic is now proving that.
The Addicks have won their last four games in League One and, after fighting his way to a starting position, Steer has been key to their success.
“Obviously we work on that. When he (Steer) comes and collects things, his distribution is unbelievable. At times it is like having an outfield player in the goal.”
He put in a superb display Tuesday night, providing a brilliant save as Burton Albion came up short against Lee Bowyer’s men.
In the 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers at the weekend, he even provided an assist. After collecting a corner he pulled a Jordan Pickford, firing a left-footed volley upfield into the path of Jamie Ward. The Northern Ireland international lofted the ball over the keeper to give Charlton a lead.
World class save from Jed Steer there #cafc
— Cliff scales (@cliff_scales) November 24, 2018
Definitely wasn’t our best display of football, Steer made a massive save when it was 1-1. But for once we put away a poor side in the league. Bristol Rovers are in trouble. #cafc
— Valley Floyd Fred (@ValleyFloydFred) November 24, 2018
Good win today and 3 on the bounce. Thought Jed Steer was very good today. #cafc
— JFC19 (@TheCaskeyRole) November 24, 2018
Jed Steer assist. League one at its finest. #cafc
— Tom Davies (@Tom_D98) November 24, 2018
Won a game we could so easily have lost. Steer’s save, Saar’s tackle and Jamie Ward’s experience won us three huge points. We will look back on this game come May and nod, knowingly… #cafc
— Sean Smith (@SeanyDSmith) November 27, 2018
So whilst Nyland is failing to convince, Steer is pushing Charlton toward a promotion tilt.
With the Birmingham Mail reporting that Aston Villa may be recalling Steer in January, Aston Villa fans must hope that is the case.