Aston Villa have seen numerous players leave the Midlands club over the past few years such as Jack Grealish, Ally Samatta and Bjorn Engels among many others.
With the upcoming summer transfer window on the horizon, it seems as though the Villans could be set to wave goodbye to another one of their players.
According to a recent report from Italy (via Sport Witness) Serie A club are still interested in signing Douglas Luiz in the summer after previously being linked with the Brazilian.
Should the former Manchester City midfielder call an end to his time with the Villans in the summer, this may not be a big disaster for Steven Gerrard as he already has a potential replacement for Luiz.
In those appearances, the Englishman has scored one goal and provided one assist in the process.
Since December, the teenager has been involved in Villa’s senior matchday squads, making his Premier League debut during their 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion back in February.
This shows that he is on the fringes of becoming a fairly regular first-team player for the Villans and is trusted by Gerrard to be in and amongst the senior squad.
Labelled as a “super impressive” person by Michael Beale as well as a “top young footballer” who has a “very bright future ahead” of him, the 18-year-old could find his pathway to regular senior minutes at Villa Park made clearer should Luiz find himself on the move in the summer.
Even though the Midlands club have not been shy when it comes to spending money on bringing new players to the club over the past few years, giving Iroegbunam the chance to show what he’s capable of in Luiz’s potential absence could be the way forward and save them millions.
Having done this with Jacob Ramsey, who has now scored six goals in 28 league appearances this season after working his way through the youth ranks, the club know what benefits can arise from giving young players the chance to shine on the main stage.