With four wins out of a possible six under his belt, Steven Gerrard has got his reign in charge of Aston Villa off to a good start following the run of five defeats that led to Dean Smith getting sacked from the Midlands club.
Now that the January transfer window is very close to opening, Gerrard has the chance to make some changes to the squad at Villa Park that he feels would be beneficial for the team and club going forward, whether that be signing new players or getting rid of current ones.
In terms of who the former Rangers manager could bring to Villa next month, one figure who he’s very familiar with that could be a good fit for his squad moving forward is Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo, who Gerrard has been tipped to make a potential swoop for by former Villa midfielder Ray Houghton.
Since joining the Scottish club on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic back in the 2019 summer transfer window, the 25-year-old has gone on to make a total of 122 appearances for Rangers across all competitions in which he has managed to score 23 goals and provide 19 assists along the way.
In the past, Aribo revealed that he has been compared to the likes of Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira in terms of how he plays on the pitch, which should be an exciting prospect for the Villa fans to have someone like that in their squad that has been likened to two of the Premier League’s most coveted midfielders.
With current Villa midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba set for a significant spell on the sidelines through injury, this could pave the way for Aribo to join the Villa midfield in a more attacking role if Gerrard gives either Douglas Luiz or John McGinn the responsibility to sit a bit further back in a more defensive role that Nakamba usually has.
Looking ahead to January, Villa should do all they can to sign Aribo, who has been labelled as a “dynamic” player by Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and add him to their squad.
However, with the midfield maestro, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £14k-per-week according to Salary Sport, having appeared in all but one of Rangers’ games across all competitions so far this season, it could be quite hard to get the club to let him go given how important he seemingly is for them.