Lambert knows... Aston Villa should be excited about England youth international

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Jed Steer from Norwich City.

Jed Steer might not be a name known to many football fans, but he should be a name to note down, for he could turn out to be the next Joe Hart.

It was announced on Wednesday evening that Aston Villa would snap up Steer on July 1 when his contract at Norwich City runs out.

Steer is a young man with an impressive CV, who at first glance it appears as though Villa have picked up an absolute bargain.

Just 20-years-old, the goalkeeper has been involved in the England set up since 2007, from the under-16s through to the under-19s.

He has already played league football on loan at Yeovil and Cambridge United, experience which he will have found character building as well as hugely beneficial lessons on the pitch.

But if there is one reason to really feel confident about this signing, it is Paul Lambert.

Lambert of course arrived from Norwich City last summer, in acrimonious circumstances, and this signing will no doubt have not improved relationships between the Scotsman and his former employers in Norfolk. 

Steer is a player who Lambert has observed at close quarters, through the ranks at Norwich, and even saw enough talent in him to hand him his first team debut in the FA Cup in 2012.

Chris Hughton didn't give him any such opportunities beyond the under-21 team last season, so for Steer the chance to join up again with Lambert was probably a bit of a no-brainer.

He will have a job on his hands to displace last season's player of the year Brad Guzan in goal, but Steer provides an interesting option for the future.

Paul Lambert has been proved right in several of his low-profile signings already, and with talented English goalkeepers scarce, this may prove to be one of the shrewdest deals of the lot in years to come.

Villa fans simply have to trust Lambert, in what he has sen of the player close hand, and believe he feels he has brought a real gem to the club.

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