It’s been quite a turnaround at Aston Villa for Jed Steer, hasn’t it? Having been sent on loan to Charlton Athletic at the start of the season with one-year left on his contract, his future did not look particularly bright at Villa Park after making just one appearance during his six-year association with the club. Now though, he has ended the season as number one between the sticks in a play-off final and had reportedly agreed to a new deal in January, soon after his return according to the Express and Star.
Even Steer himself surely could not have foreseen such a change in fortunes. The 26-year-old’s loan to Charlton was the fourth of his spell at Villa Park and had it not been for Orjan Nyland’s season-ending Achilles injury, he may have seen the season out at the League One outfit.
After featuring on the bench for the first six games after the New Year, he had to replace Lovre Kalanic at half-time in the defeat to West Brom in which Kalanic suffered concussion.
Since then, though, Steer has been undroppable. His form for Villa played a significant role in the 10 games they faced unbeaten, which ended just before the Championship season came to a close.
He then further strengthened his reputation in the play-off semi-final following his penalty shoot-out heroics, which has meant he will surely be nailed on to start at Wembley on Monday.
With the result of the final obviously yet to be decided, the question must be posed as to what does the future hold for Steer?
Well, whatever happens, he will be staying on as a Villa player as a result of the new extension. But his status in the team surely depends whether the side gets promoted or not.
If they do, it is hard to see Steer starting in the Premier League as Villa would have the funds to go and get someone with proven experience to give them the best chance of staying in the division.
Granted, they may still opt for Steer as a result of his performances and commitment displayed since his return, but it seems most likely they could look to reinforce that area.
Alternatively, if Villa do lose to Derby County, Steer should undoubtedly remain the number one he has shown his talent in the division and if they were not to get promoted this year, he could be at the forefront of another promotion-chasing side next year.
For now, he will just be focused on the play-off final, but it could also potentially be the game that decides his status at Villa too.
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