Aston Villa are seemingly in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer and a lot of names have been banded about to join the newly-promoted side.
Last season, Villa went through a remarkable five goalkeepers from Orjan Nyland to Jed Steer, yet they still managed to earn promotion from the Championship.
Despite Steer producing heroics towards the back end of the last campaign, which helped Dean Smith’s side in their return to the Premier League, it seems as though he is keen to add his own keeper to the ranks.
Sky Sports have reported that Villa are keen on Southampton’s back-up option Alex McCarthy, whilst Wales Online previously claimed that the Midlands club offered relegated Cardiff £8 million for Neil Etheridge.
Added with that, the Sun have also claimed that Villa are ready to launch a bid for Stoke City’s Jack Butland, who is England’s no2 behind Jordan Pickford.
Smith has an important decision to make in who he picks as his number one shot-stopper. Does he stick with Steer? or take a punt on one of the above three.
Pound for pound, it seems as though McCarthy would be the safest bet. Even though Southampton want to sell him, he did have a strong season when called upon last term.
On the other hand, despite Cardiff’s relegation, Etheridge enjoyed a successful campaign from an individual standpoint, but he has only tasted one full season in the Premier League.
On paper, most would pick Butland because he is more experienced and more proven, not forgetting that he is still part of England’s senior set-up.
But would he be too pricey and does his recent season in the Championship put Villa off going big for him?
Truthfully, Villa should stick with Steer in goal, with a Nyland as back-up, and if the goalkeeping situation takes a turn for the worst then they should look in the January window for a new keeper.
At this moment in time, Steer has done nothing wrong when called upon. The keeper situation or the problems with it are not his fault but down to poor management and a lack of stability. He is providing that now, so Villa should stick with it.