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Aston Villa: Holly Percival says sales must be made if Steven Gerrard wants Jesse Lingard

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The Athletic’s Holly Percival has claimed that if Steven Gerrard is to bring in any attacking players at Aston Villa this January, they will have to sell someone first. 

Over the weekend, Gerrard claimed a win in his first game in charge of the Villans. As he aims to take his club further up the table, there has been some talk about what sort of players he may want to sign in the upcoming transfer market.

One name to be mentioned of late is Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard. However, while discussing the possibility of such a deal on the 1874 podcast, Percival stated that while he could be a good fit, Villa would ‘definitely’ have to get rid of some other attackers before a move could take place.

She said: “I think, based off of how well he performed for West Ham, I would not say no to him walking through the doors at Villa Park. 

“Do I think it’s the player Gerrard will go for? I’m really not sure. Like, we do have a long list of players available in the final third, so does Gerrard add another name to that list?

“I’m not 100% sure. If he does, he’ll definitely have to get rid of some players in January as well.”

TIF Thoughts on Jesse Lingard and Aston Villa…

After joining West Ham United on loan in January last season, Lingard certainly made a huge impact on the east London outfit. Indeed, playing just 16 games, he scored nine goals and claimed five assists, too.

An impact like that certainly wouldn’t go amiss at Villa. However, as Percival says, Gerrard does already have a fair few attacking options at his disposal already, so you can see the logic being applied here, despite the rumours.

Will Steven Gerrard make any signings in January?

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Over the summer, Danny Ings, Leon Bailey, and Emi Buendia were three marquee signings, while the likes of Ollie Watkins, Anwar El Ghazi, Keinan Davis and Bertrand Traore also provide good depth.

It doesn’t seem likely that Villa will invest in their attack again with so many players already at the club. But, if a departure or two could be made, this might turn into an interesting winter for the club.

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