Hello and welcome to our Aston Villa coverage on Wednesday November 17, 2021.
As excitement builds ahead of Steven Gerrard’s first game in charge against Brighton on Saturday, here is a recap of the latest titles from the BirminghamLive team…
Gerrard’s Rangers “player of the year” available for free
Steven Gerrard was understandably tipped to attack the club’s former Rangers after his stint at Aston Villa.
Gerrard has inherited an impressive, albeit less confident, squad since returning to the Premier League on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
But the England and Liverpool legend will be keen to make his mark on the squad, both in the upcoming January transfer window and next summer.
It could see him melt away for some of the Rangers’ best players.
Former Gers midfielder Andy Halliday believes Gerrard could replace one of the four players – Connor Goldson, Glen Kamara, Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo.
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Villa Q&Z: transfer budget blows Rangers out of water
From the training methods, Gerrard’s start, and the January transfer window, here’s how our last – and lively – Q&A played out with the BirminghamLive correspondent at Aston Villa. Ashley Preece ( PA ). You can express yourself in the comments section.
Leo.avfc: Any idea what January will look like for Gerrard? Will it be fully leaned against the window?
PA: Gerrard alluded to doing business in January during yesterday’s interview. It will be supported by NSWE. He’ll get rid of the players he doesn’t like and he’ll attract a serious caliber of player if the business goes. January is a tough market, but the Gerrard factor gives Villa an edge. Gerrard will have the next six weeks to see what he wants and what he needs in terms of new hires.
VillaNZ: Does Mings remain captain?
PA: Gerrard has yet to make an official announcement regarding his skipper. He has yet to meet Mings who may be returning from international duty for a light session at Bodymoor today. Gerrard could be the creator of Mings who will be looking to return to his best level now.
JBAVFC: Is Gerrard a man in a suit or tracksuit on the sideline?
PA: Combination. Expect a burgundy and blue tie, blazer / sweater and overcoat. I love this question, JB!
Villa will grant Gerrard transfer wish Rangers couldn’t
Steven Gerrard plans to use the next six weeks to assess his Aston Villa squad before the January transfer window opens.
Gerrard left Rangers to replace Dean Smith as Villa head coach last week and started working at Bodymoor Heath on Monday ahead of his first game against Brighton on Saturday.
The 41-year-old has brought five Rangers coaches with him and there is already talk he could attack his former club for Glen Kamara and Ryan Kent, both of whom have both previously been linked with moves to Villa.
The plan, presented by Gerrard in his first interview as Villa boss, is to inspect the squad left behind by Smith before giving sporting director Johan Lange his instructions for January.
“Everyone knows I have the job for a reason,” Gerrard told Villa TV. “The shape of the end has plunged. For me, it is above all a question of getting involved, of analyzing the team closely and in a personal way.
Gerrard’s first Villa XI predicted
It’s another day of hard work at Bodymoor Heath as Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff get to work ahead of Brighton on Saturday.
Gerrard has spoken of his own excitement after landing his first Premier League gig, with attention quickly turning to Villa’s return on the winning streak after five straight defeats.
“The shape of the end plunged,” Gerrard said of the challenge ahead of him. “For me, it’s really about getting involved, analyzing the team up close and in a personal way.
“I think everyone knows there is a lot of talent in the team, the names and the volumes are there. It will take a little time to analyze everyone in depth, to analyze where we need to be. points of improvement to move forward. “
Proof that Villa stays in Terry’s thoughts
Former Aston Villa defender and coach John Terry continues his preparations for his next position in the game.
Terry, who left the coaching staff of then manager Dean Smith, is looking for an opportunity to break into management.
Due to his ties to the club, Terry was linked with Villa’s work after Smith left before Steven Gerrard was appointed.
Undeterred, Terry continued his research on coaching to prepare him as much as possible for his first management experience.
And it is clear that Villa remains firmly in her thoughts judging by a social media post.
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