By Pranav Shahaney

1st Apr, 2023 | 2:10pm

Jed Steer may never feature again for Aston Villa amid latest injury news from expert

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer has been unlucky with his injuries over the past few years but his performances do not paint a rosy picture either.

With his deal at Villa Park running out at the end of the season, the time may have arrived for the club to part ways with the 30-year-old.

The Englishman joined the Birmingham-based outfit in 2013 and in the ten years that he’s been at the club, he has not even played 38 games – the duration of one full season over a decade.

What’s even more disappointing are his numbers as he’s managed to keep just 10 clean sheets during his time at the club which is a dismal number given just three of his games were played in the Premier League with the rest in the Championship and other cup competitions.

Even when he was on loan at Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic, he only managed 15 clean sheets over 58 games. [Transfermarkt]

In the modern game, keepers are required to be good with their feet and also decent shot stoppers and Steer has proven that he’s struggled at both those aspects.

In his last Premier League appearances, he managed to underperform in terms of his post-shot expected goals minus goals allowed by 0.8.

This means that where he should’ve conceded 2.2 goals, he ended up letting in 3 – one more than what the average keeper would have. [FBref]

His passing too is not worth writing home about as he’s completed under 35 per cent of his attempted long passes throughout his career.

Steer’s best moments as a Villa keeper were the penalty shootout heroics against West Brom back in 2019, but that cannot be the bar for someone playing at the top level.

Injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar recently gave a lowdown on his current condition and as he showed setbacks in his recovery, sees the 30-year-old being out for a few more months.

Given the fact that his deal runs out in the summer, the Villa hierarchy will be foolish to offer an extension as it makes absolutely no sense to keep someone this unreliable on the books.

He has been ruled out of professional action since last March due to an Achilles injury and there’s a good chance he’s not the same player once he returns. [Transfermarkt]

Even in the 2019/20 campaign, he suffered a pretty serious injury on his calf that kept him out for most of the season and now that he’s on the wrong side of 30, it’s going to be harder for him to recover from these long lay-offs.

At best, Steer’s a keeper that could cut it in the Championship, but if Villa are to go to the next level and qualify for Europe, they cannot have players like him on their books.

In other Aston Villa news, a first-team player is expected to return after the international break with a protective brace after what happened in 2023.