Aston Villa supporters’ plea for a new goalkeeper has been ramped up following their pre-season victory over League One side Shrewsbury Town after some fans weren’t best pleased with the performance of Jed Steer.
Dean Smith’s side were victorious thanks to a second-half Scott Hogan strike but it was the man between the sticks which left much of the Villa Park fanbase worrying ahead of their Premier League return.
One supporter took to Twitter to label the 26-year-old a liability whilst others begged the club to go out and pay for Jack Butland, one of Villa’s reported transfer targets – one even insisted they should break the bank for him.
Steer broke into Smith’s line-up after a mini-goalkeeper crisis at the start of the year as first-choice Orjan Nyland picked up a season-ending injury and Andre Moreira’s loan was cancelled, thus the 6ft 2 keeper began to cement his name as the first on the team sheet each week – playing 19 games following a recall from Charlton Athletic.
Other fans claimed the shot-stopper isn’t up to the standard of the Premier League with one member of the Villa support saying that strikers in the top-flight would punish his mistakes, calling him a disaster waiting to happen.
The Express & Star reported that the club were going to test the waters with a £20m bid for Butland early last month but Sky Sports have since said the interest was cooled as Stoke City were unwilling to budge in their valuation of the England international – Villa fans are certainly hoping that their boss tries again, and quickly…
Here’s the best of the reaction from just a few of the Villa fanbase:
Steer really isn't ready for the premier league. He gave possession away 8 times yesterday in positions Prem strikers would punish us. He did it plenty of times last year too we just got away with it. Disaster waiting to happen with his passing #avfc
— Squiggs1995 (@squiggs1995) July 22, 2019
Steer is a liability #avfc
— Joe Vernum (@VernumJoe) July 21, 2019
I still think we look short looking forward to see luiz and trezeget in btw steer isn't prem level go get butland #AVFC
— Dale Wootton (@BOOMBEEF) July 21, 2019
Steer has barely come for a single cross in that first half, even ones played into the 6 yard box. That is why he simply can’t be our number one. He’s a decent shot stopper and that’s it. Not good enough!#AVFC
— Phil Roberts (@iamVilla) July 21, 2019
— carlton roberts (@carlton5385) July 21, 2019
Steer obviously played a massive part in our promotion and he seems a good pro but there's no room for sentiment in football and he isn't a Premier League goalkeeper. Break the bank for Butland #AVFC
— James (@gortavfc) July 21, 2019
I'm sorry, but we can't start the season with Jed Steer as number 1. #avfc
— Chris C (@C_Lioneye) July 21, 2019
That's why steer isnt a number 1 a
Mistakes like that game in and out not good enough with his feet
— AVFC_flowz (@flowz23) July 21, 2019