Jed Steer recalled by Villa
Just to add salt to a badly gaping wound, Aston Villa have recalled goalkeeper Jed Steer back to Villa Park after he had established himself as Addicks no. 1 playing in 19 of our 25 league games.
Villa’s current no. 1 Orjan Nyland suffered an Achilles injury on Sunday, leaving Mark Bunn as the club’s only fit ‘keeper. Ironically Addicks saw Dean Smith’s signing of new Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic as a sign tha Steer would stay at The Valley. Kalinic is not not eligible for Villa’s next game, but in all possibility within a week or so Steer could end up as third choice at Villa Park.
Steed started slowly in SE7, not unusual for a new keeper in a role very much under the spotlight, but has shown his qualities in our move into the play-off places at Christmas.
Many Addicks were disillusioned and sorry to see Dillon Phillips miss out, and he now gets his chance and will start at Walsall tomorrow.
Charlton have recalled goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer from his loan at Chelmsford City to provide goalkeeping cover for Phillips. The young Aussie has been starting for the Essex club as they push for promotion from the National League South.
I hope the fans don’t expect too much from Phillips who has been left to sit on the bench for 3 seasons with just the occasional 1st. team outing. I hope I am wrong but I fear his progress has been severely hampered. At 20 he was significantly better than Pope was at that age but has not been allowed to gain the appropriate experience to improve.