They’re both good options, aren’t they? Sheffield Wednesday host Aston Villa today and, as you know, the result could prove to be crucial in the playoff chase. Not only just the outfielders, but both goalkeepers will need to be on top of their game to give their side the best chance of a positive result.
Both Keiren Westwood and Jed Steer have only played a part in the season for their respective clubs for differing reasons.
Westwood was not exactly in favour with former boss Jos Luhukay, with Cameron Dawson being preferred earlier in the season. Steer, on the other hand, was recalled from his loan at Charlton amid Villa’s ‘keeper crisis, before displacing Lovre Kalinic as the club’s current number one.
With that being said, let’s discuss who could come out on top on Saturday in the battle of the ‘keepers…
Since his return, Westwood has been in fine form between the sticks, helping to keep 10 clean sheet’s in 16 games for Wednesday in the League.
Indeed, the Owls signed him as a free agent back in 2014 which has proved to be an incredible piece of business as he continues to do a fantastic job in-between the sticks.
The 34-year-old returned to Republic of Ireland duty over the international break, with his form of late displaying that he will still be an important figure in both Wednesday and the national teams set up for the near future.
Westwood will need to ensure that he keeps Tammy Abraham quiet, given that the 21-year-old was back in the goals last weekend.
Upon his return to Villa, Steer featured on New Year’s Day, but then did not make the starting 11 for seven games. Kalinic then got injured against West Bromwich Albion, Steer came on at half-time and has held the goalkeeping berth ever since.
In six starts since Kalinic’s injury, Villa are unbeaten in six League games, having won the last five in a row, amounting three clean sheets within that time. So, it is safe to say that the 26-year-old has certainly impressed.
Steer has time on his side to develop his game even further than Westwood as he could now establish himself as Villa’s number one for the foreseeable future. However, as of now, Westwood just edges Steer due to the prolonged consistency of his performances in this division, as he has had to re-prove himself in a Wednesday shirt under Steve Bruce.
Even with that said, there is no doubt that both ‘keepers will be on top form in the tie.
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