According to journalist Alan Nixon, Aston Villa are in the market for a new number one goalkeeper as the club prepare for life back in the Premier League.
VILLA. Want a new number one keeper. Kalinic may be sent out on loan
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) June 2, 2019
After achieving promotion it’s estimated that the Villans are in the hunt for as many as ten new players. That came just before the club released eight members of their playing staff over the weekend.
Outfielders Neal Maupay, Joe Lolley and Gary Cahill have all been subject of reports linking them with moves to Villa Park but there also seems to be interest in strengthening their goalkeeping department.
At the top of their priorities seems to be bringing in a new number one stopper.
That’s per Nixon who has made claims that Lovre Kalinic could be loaned out in the process.
The fact of the matter is that Aston Villa don’t need a new goalkeeper. The amount of turnover in that position has been incredible, particularly in the last year.
In 2018/19 the club signed three goalkeepers, bringing in Kalinic in January after the arrivals of Orjan Nyland and Andre Moreira last summer.
So the fact that Jed Steer was able to nail down a spot ahead of them in the final months of the season just goes to show it’s an area they don’t need to focus on.
Steer came into the season with a mistake in him, making an absolute howler against Dynamo Dresden in a pre-season friendly.
However, after being loaned to Charlton, he returned to the Midlands in January like a man possessed.
His performances were influential in Villa’s promotion charge and without the penalty heroics against West Brom, they may well have been faced with another season in the Championship.
The 26-year-old more than deserves a chance to see if he can nail down a place in the Premier League next campaign.
Villa would be wasting precious resources by signing another keeper and as a result, it would be a monumental mistake if they brought in someone to replace him.
Steer has been exceptional and it would be foolish to consider demoting him.