Dan Wiseman has claimed on the Villa Filler podcast that any move for Joe Gomez this January could lead to disappointment for one of Aston Villa’s current stars.
Since Villa appointed Steven Gerrard as their new manager, the Villans are now unsurprisingly being linked to signing players from Gerrard’s former club.
Gomez has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, with Virgil van Dijk the obvious starter at Liverpool, while Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate have jumped ahead of Gomez in Jurgen Klopp’s plans, with the Englishman limited for minutes. With a World Cup just over the horizon, Gomez will surely be desperate to make the plane.
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However, Wiseman believes that due to Gerrard’s system at Villa Park, integrating Gomez into the side will leave someone either out of position or out of the side entirely.
Talking on the Heart of the Holte YouTube channel, Wiseman had the following to say: “If he’s going on loan, that will be part of the agreement as well that Liverpool will want him to, say, play X amount of minutes as we close out the season.
“Then you sort of have a situation where Gerrard has, as we’ve previously discussed, likes to play a full-back. So inevitably, one of Konsa, Mings or Joe Gomez would be benched, and whoever ends up on the bench in that situation can feel very aggrieved.
“I mean, Gomez is a brilliant player. He’s really done the lot, and I just don’t see him coming in to sit on the bench.”
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It’s been a disappointing season so far for Gomez, playing just 12 minutes in his three Premier League outings. He has one 90-minute performance under his belt in the Champions League while playing all three Carabao Cup games in full.
In comparison, he played 28 games in Liverpool’s title-winning campaign, proving just how good he can be when fit. A 24-year-old that has been important to Premier League and Champions League triumphs would surely be an unbelievable signing for Villa.
The bottom line is he isn’t playing enough to secure a World Cup place with England, something he is surely desperate for, so you can see why this move could make sense – though whether it will cause friction in the Villa dressing room remains to be seen.