Gerrard told he has fashioned ‘perfect’ Aston Villa scenario as signing learns where he fits in hierarchy

Date published: Wed second Feb 2022 10:43 –

Aston Villa have been praised for their surprise signing of Calum Chambers from Armory past a former player – who does non necessarily think the defender volition be an instant starter.

Villa were one of the busiest clubs in the summer transfer window and they were active again in January. To strengthen Steven Gerrard’s squad, they completed deals for Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Digne, Robin Olsen and Calum Chambers.

The last of those deals was a surprise, since there were no rumours of information technology before it was announced.
Chambers ended up signing a contract until 2025 at Villa Park. It brought an end to a long stint with Arsenal, where he was a backup player.

He has now been warned he faces a similar situation in terms of his standing in the pecking guild at his new guild. However, ex-Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor
views his signing equally a positive i.

“The adept thing nearly Calum Chambers is he’southward back up for right-back and back up for center-back,” Agbonlahor told
Football game Insider.

“He’ll be fourth-selection centre-half behind Kortney Hause [plus Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa] but he’ll be second-choice right-back [behind Matty Cash].

“For Steven Gerrard it’s perfect. He’s non going to boot up a fuss if he’s non playing. He knows he’s not going to be starting if everyone’s fit.

“I think information technology makes sense for Aston Villa. When you need a 4th-choice eye-half and a 2d-option right-dorsum you can’t be spending a lot of money.

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“It’s a very clever chip of business from Aston Villa. We needed a bit of encompass in that area.”

Chambers effectively takes the role that Axel Tuanzebe was covering before the early termination of his loan from Homo Utd in favour of a switch to Napoli.

The 27-year-old will add plenty of experience at Villa, having made more than 100 appearances for Arsenal (just only five this season).

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Aston Villa man Coutinho has something to celebrate

Meanwhile, beau January arrival Coutinho has seen a calorie-free at the stop of the tunnel after a few years of struggles.

Coutinho’south career has non gone to plan since he left Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018. He struggled to justify his nine-effigy cost tag as he suffered a decline in form. But he will be hoping things pick up again now he has returned to the Premier League.

And at international level, Brazil chosen him up for the current break for the first time in more than a year.

Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring for Brazil

He marked his return to the fold with a goal against Paraguay on Monday. Afterwards, he opened up on what information technology means to him to be back – and why information technology has been tough in recent years.

Coutinho said: “It’south always good to play with the support of the fans, similar today. I missed that, information technology was very nice to play with our fans supporting. This is very important.

“I’ve been getting a lot of chirapsia, and that doesn’t change my essence, nor does the praise change. I know who I am, where I tin can go to and today I leave here very happy.

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“A long time off, I had a difficult, complicated injury. I was chosen up over again, I came back again at present, I played, I left at the beginning in the last game. The managing director gave me another hazard today, we won the game and I’m happy to score in this stadium and with all the Brazilian fans present.

“I had a very difficult time, I was away from the pitch for nine months, I underwent 3 surgeries. In that location are times when you see the difficulty passing, only I had all the support of my family unit at all times.

“The CBF and all the staff, Dr Rodrigo and Fábio also provided all the aid for my recovery.

“Today’due south game doesn’t change anything, but like before, it doesn’t either. I want to proceed working to evolve. This is a daily dispute. At clubs we have to do our best to be able to come back.”


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