It would be safe to say that Jed Steer has not had the most enjoyable of times at Aston Villa.
The goalkeeper has been at Villa Park since 2013, however, he has made just nine appearances for the Midlands outfit, with the majority of those being in cup competitions.
The 26-year-old has spent the majority of his career on loan, with spells at Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic, where he is currently impressing.
Steer has been a key figure for the south London club this season and has helped to guide the Addicks to a current playoff spot in League One.
Questions about his future at Aston Villa would be rightly asked, considering that he has been able to put in a number of solid performances away from the club.
However, as things are currently going for the Villans and their own goalkeeping situation, Dean Smith could start to think about Steer’s long-term future at the club.
Orjan Nyland has not covered himself in any glory since arriving at the club this summer, with many having become critical of his performances in goal and the number of times he has conceded.
Rumours have been started to circulate that the club could look to find a replacement for the Norway international as there is a concern that he could cost them a chance of realistically challenging for promotion back to the Premier League.
Steer could have been a ready-made option for Smith if Steve Bruce had decided to keep him around at Villa Park this season before his sacking.
With the 26-year-old currently impressing whilst on loan at Charlton, it is likely that he will have suitors in the summer if his situation at his parent club does not improve.
However, if Villa fail to win promotion to the Premier League this season, they could look to Steer as the man to bring some reliability in between the sticks.
Aston Villa fans – thoughts?