Following the £100m sale of Jack Grealish, both Dean Smith and the 42-year-old were given intermittent amounts of money with which to improve the squad.
Whilst the Argentine has impressed, injuries have hampered the Jamaican’s progress in the Midlands.
But it was his final attacking addition that has disappointed most, with Danny Ings joining for £25m in a deal that was snuck under the radar.
Injuries have surprisingly not reared their head for the striker at Villa Park, as they had throughout a career which was dubbed “unlucky”, but still he has never really hit any kind of form for either manager.
Plenty of factors will have contributed to his inevitable downfall in value, as CIES Football Observatory now rates at just €7m (£6.8m).
Gerrard has tried him as a lone striker or alongside Ollie Watkins but just cannot find a style to suit the man that was so lethal for the Saints.
Gerrard is currently suffering from the failures of Smith with this signing, as he continues to underperform and drain the club of £120k-per-week too.
If his form does not pick up between now and January, perhaps it might be time to cut their losses on this colossal waste of money.