Alan Hutton has hailed demoted Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer as an “amazing” player who often “outshone everybody” last season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Villa defender who left in the summer after playing a key role in their promotion-winning campaign raved about the impact of the keeper when he was made number one last season.
Steer made 19 appearances in the Championship and in the play-offs after being made first choice keeper in February, a status he retained for the rest of the campaign.
The 27-year-old has spent most of this season on the bench following the £8million arrival of Tom Heaton, with his sole appearance coming in the League Cup.
Asked about the turnover of keepers at Villa in recent times, Hutton said: “It’s a difficult one, they did bring in a few and for whatever reason some of them didn’t work out. I really found it when Jed came in, it settled everything.
“He’s very good with his feet, very composed and him being like that allowed us to start attacks and play the way we wanted to play. I do think overall, when you look back at it, when he started playing we did calm down the team which helped.
“Maybe I was a little bit surprised at the impact he had, but not in his ability. We all knew he was amazing with his feet, he showed that all through training but he never quite got the opportunity that he was after for one reason or another.
“When he did eventually get the opportunity he’s grasped it with both hands and well deserved. He was another one that really saved us in particular games – the save in the West Brom game at home, there are certain moments that just he just outshone everybody.”
Steer could make his second appearance of the season tomorrow night, when Villa travel to Brighton in the League Cup.
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