Podcaster KageyVision has claimed that Steven Gerrard would have only joined Aston Villa after being ‘promised’ funds in the transfer market.
After a run of extremely poor form, Dean Smith was sacked as Villa’s manager. In his place, the former Rangers boss was brought in to get the club performing again.
Having won the Scottish Premier League last season, Gerrard arrives with good pedigree, despite his relative inexperience. He has also been tempted away from Rangers midway through the season with his club top of the table.
While discussing the appointment on the One Leeds Fan Channel, Whites fan and YouTuber KageyVision argued that the good squad would have been appealing for the new Villa man, but Gerrard likely would have demanded financial backing to imprint his own style of play on the team.
Discussing which of the bottom-half clubs to replace managers in recent weeks look the strongest, Kagey suggested Villa were in the most promising position. He said: “So they’ve got a good squad anyway. So you take it from there. They’re already in a good position.
“And I’m sure Steven Gerrard wouldn’t have gone there unless he was promised that he’s going to get funds in January or the summer to put his own imprint on the team.”
TIF Thoughts on Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa…
While Gerrard inherits a struggling Villa side who sit only just two places and two points above the relegation zone, he also takes charge of a team full of untapped potential.
Will Aston Villa spend big in January?
Over the summer, big names such as Danny Ings, Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and others were brought in at great expense. If Gerrard can get the most out of these players, he could build a very strong team.
Despite that evident quality, as KageyVision suggests, Gerrard will likely want plenty of backing in the transfer market to bring in his own players.
That could play into Villa’s activity this January, though their new manager may also have to make do with the current crop until the summer. Either way, it seems that should Leeds be dragged into a relegation battle this season, Villa are a team to be fearful of under Gerrard.