Gerrard explains why he loaned Coutinho at Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has been backed to beat Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma. Bissouma has been linked with a whole host of peak clubs and could exist set to end his stay on the south declension in the summer.

Villa appointed Gerrard as their new boss final November afterward they had sacked Dean Smith.

The legendary Liverpool midfielder has since overseen an upturn in fortunes during his fourth dimension in the w Midlands and the Villans take now climbed to 11th in the Premier League tabular array.

In January, Gerrard captured v players, with the pick of the bunch existence his former Reds squad-mate Philippe Coutinho, who joined on loan from Barcelona.

Left-back Lucas Digne was signed from Everton for £25million, while centre-dorsum Kerr Smith joined from Dundee United for an initial £800,000.

Gerrard also managed to persuade Calum Chambers to leave Arsenal on a free transfer, while Sweden’southward No 1 goalkeeper Robin Olsen moved to the Premier League giants on loan from Roma.

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That business represented a strong transfer window for the Villans and Gerrard volition surely be confident his side tin go along on their up trajectory between at present and the end of the entrada.

Villa were besides linked with Bissouma final calendar month – and former striker Gabby Agbonlahor believes Gerrard should do all he can to sign the 25-twelvemonth-old in the summer.

“The Bissouma bargain is one I imagined they actually wanted merely they won’t pay over the odds for someone who hasn’t got long left on his contract,” Agbonlahor said.

“Villa probably call up they tin can cope without Bissouma until the summer. Then yous can get him in the summer for a bottom amount.


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“One hundred per cent a defensive midfielder is going to be the summertime priority.

“Steven Gerrard will be happy with his other midfielders of [Morgan] Sanson, [Jacob] Ramsey and [John] McGinn. He’ll be happy with the other two spaces in the midfield.

“With the forward players, he’ll exist more than happy. A defensive midfielder is the biggest part missing of the jigsaw and I can see that existence Bissouma.”

Bissouma has been alluring interest for some fourth dimension, with the Ruby-red Devils and Arsenal idea to be in the mix to sign him.

So he could have the pick of clubs come up the cease of the flavor if he continues his fine form.

The midfielder joined Brighton from Lille in 2018 and has since been a revelation in the Premier League.

He has played 100 top-flight games for Brighton, with 14 of those coming this flavour.

The ace has 18 months left remaining on his current deal, just the Seagulls could cash in on him this summer to ensure they don’t lose him for costless.

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