Aston Villa have shown aggression in their recruitment ideology ahead of the summer transfer window, and they can look to continue in the same vein with another of Steven Gerrard’s former team-mates after Philippe Coutinho.
As per Football Insider, Villa have been urged to secure the capture of Luis Suarez by the club’s former midfielder Frank McAvennie.
Sharing his thoughts on the potential transfer, the 62-year-old said: “It would be good for the boys who are there, to train with him and have him around.
“For Watkins and Ings, having him around would be wonderful. It’s paying his wages, isn’t it? He’s at that age where you could probably get him on a reduced wage because he won’t play every game.
“Villa will still be able to give him a good wage. He won’t get that anywhere else so it’s whether he wants to come back and grind in the Premier League again.”
It was reported by The Athletic earlier this month that Gerrard and co were considering the 35-year-old, who is said to be in regular contact with the Villa manager, a former team-mate of his at Liverpool.
Suarez is available on a free transfer, with his contract at Atletico Madrid set to expire at the end of the month.
The four signings which have been made thus far serve as a real statement of intent by Villa, with their ambition of breaking into the top six of the Premier League possibly being realised in the foreseeable future, given the calibre of signings they have made.
The acquisition of the £263k-per-week Suarez would serve as the cherry on top for Gerrard, and as intimated by McAvennie, his presence alone would be a massive boost for the squad.
Suarez, who has been dubbed a “stallion” by NBC Sports’ Justin Karp, is far from finished, even at the age of 35. He has proven that he still has penalty box potency, having notched 11 goals for Atletico in 35 La Liga appearances this season and 13 goals in total, making him the club’s joint-highest scorer for the campaign.
He would not only be the ideal mentor for Ings and Watkins, he could also help to inject a winning mentality within the squad, along with offering some quality depth in attack. That is something that Villa supporters will surely love to see in the Midlands.
Gerrard should seek to wrap up this prospective deal as quickly as possible.