‘Patient’ Steven Gerrard suggests that summer moves to the top goal for Villa; explains the January exit

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A “patient” Steven Gerrard has hinted that Aston Villa will return to the hunt for top-seeded Yves Bissouma this summer.

Tea midlands club has shown great ambition in the last two windows. In fact, they appear to be on a mission to become a European footballer. As such, their transfer business shows no signs of slowing down.

It would have been an even busier January if their approach to Brighton midfielder Bissouma had been a success.

Although Villa may have pursued it further, the 25-year-old 25-year-old is £ 50m. now inside the last 18 months of his contract.

And the “right decision” could be made by Gerrard and co at the end of the season.

In his pre-match press conference for Wednesday’s match with Leeds, he said: “It was well documented that we submitted a bid for Bissouma in Brighton, which was rejected, and we respected and appreciated that.

“If a move is not right, we do not become desperate and make decisions that we do not think are right. If it is not right at that point, we may have to be patient in a few situations.

“The window was extremely strong. There were areas where we needed to find solutions so that we could become stronger and better.

“We got 90 to 95 percent of the business done that we wanted to get done in the window. I’m happy with the support from the board.”

Target to Newcastle explained

Gerrard also had to sacrifice Matt Targett last month, who came to Newcastle on loan after losing his place to new left-back Lucas Digne.

Speaking on the move, the Villa boss said: “This was his decision. When we connected with Lucas, I had a conversation with Matt. I said I would always be honest with him and I expected it back from him.

“I said if we signed a left-back, tell me what you want. You’re free to challenge a new signing that comes in. I always like two people fighting for a position.

Matt Targett and Callum Wilson fight for the ball during Aston Villa vs Newcastle, January 2021

“Matt decided he had an opportunity he wanted to pursue, and that is when respect comes in and you do not stand in the way of anyone.

“I would have preferred him to stay and fight as he is a really strong left-back in this league and therefore he had opportunities.

“But I can not stand in the way of anyone unless I can guarantee him playing time that will satisfy him, so that’s why it’s occurred.

“Everyone should know it was Matt’s decision rather than that he was pushed in that direction.”

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It’s a surprising decision when Targett was named Villa’s season player in 2020-21.

But clearly Gerrard saw the left side of the defense as a position he could improve.


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Targett is therefore now at Eddie Howe’s disposal. He started their 3-1 win over Everton on Tuesday night.

And an expert reckons that the Tyneside club will benefit in the long run as a result of Gerrard’s transfer choice …

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