Steer’s season takes a new twist

By Graham Hill

JED Steer’s surreal season has just taken a new turn.

The Villa goalkeeper is being considered for an international career with SCOTLAND.

Steer’s penalty shoot out heroics on Tuesday against Albion highlighted his current form as Villa booked a place at Wembley for the Championship play-off final.

But the former Norwich keeper has been in top form ever since he took over in goal from Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic.

The return of Jack Grealish from injury has been pinpointed as the basis of Villa’s late run to the play-offs.

But Steer’s record since being named as first choice keeper is outstanding.

He took the gloves at Stoke City with Kalinic recovering from the effects of concussion suffered during the home defeat to West Brom in February.

That was the beginning of a 12-match unbeaten run which included a record breaking 10-match winning sequence.

The Scottish Sun now claim Steer can step up to the international stage – far cry from earlier in the season when he was loaned out to League One Charlton, who also sealed an end of season play-off spot.

He was considered to be Villa’s third choice behind Kalinic and Norway keeper Orjan Nyland.

Steer, 26, has been capped by England from Under-16s to Under-19s, is also eligible to play for Scotland — and that has alerted Scotland bosses.

The SFA are now understood to be making a claim for Steer to switch his allegiance to Scotland.

Celtic keeper Scott Bain was handed the gloves for the games against Kazakhstan and San Marino after Allan McGregor retired from international duty.

Steer, whose availability first came to light during Gordon Strachan’s spell in charge, could now come into the reckoning. He has also had loan spells at Doncaster, Yeovil and Huddersfield.

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