Jed Steer has been discussing his future at Aston Villa this week. The 25-year-old was speaking to Birmingham Live when he announced his future with the Midlands club was ‘up in the air’.
His contract with Aston Villa expires next summer and he is currently out on loan with Charlton Athletic.
Even if an offer for Steer is forthcoming this summer, the goalkeeper should tell Aston Villa he is moving on.
Why? Here’s why.
This season was the perfect chance for Aston Villa to give the talented but unlucky stopper a chance between the sticks. With Sam Johnstone gone a new first-team keeper was needed and Steer had all the credentials for the job. He has Championship experience from a successful loan spell at Huddersfield Town and has worked his socks off for a chance after two nasty injury lay-offs.
Then Aston Villa signed Andre Moreira. Fair enough. The injury record of Steer meant bringing in another keeper as back-up with Mark Bunn made sense. But then Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce sanctioned a move for Norway international Orjan Nyland.
Suddenly Steer went from number one to number four at Villa Park and was told he could leave.
“Football goes in different ways and you have got to expect the unexpected.
“As it stands my contract is up next summer. I just want to have a good year, play as many games as I can and see what happens.”
It made no sense and was a transfer that still baffles Aston Villa fans.
Steer clearly has no future at Villa Park and his best bet is to find a new team next summer. He is immensely talented and could easily forge a career at Championship level with another club.
Aston Villa may live to regret it, but Steer must ignore any attempt to keep him at Villa next summer.