With almost two weeks gone in the 2022 January transfer window, Villa have managed to secure a loan agreement for Philippe Coutinho and are currently in negotiations to sign Everton left-back Lucas Digne, showing just how keen the Midlands club are at improving their squad wherever possible.
However, there have been some departures from the club, one of which being defender Axel Tuanzebe, who had his loan spell at Villa cut short from Manchester United and has since moved to Italian club Napoli after failing to get assurances from Steven Gerrard about his playing time.
Taking this into account, it has led Villa journalist Gregg Evans to share a claim regarding the club’s January transfer plans for the remainder of the window which may delight a lot of fans and Gerrard.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Evans had this to say on the matter, confirming an exciting development in their plans for the winter.
He said: “They’re obviously going to be short on centre-backs with Axel Tuanzebe moving. So, that will be an area they look at now. In terms of who they’re after at centre-back, I don’t know yet, but there’s still 20-odd days in the window to go.”
Since joining Villa once again on loan back in the previous summer transfer window, Tuanzebe had played in seven league games under former Villa boss Dean Smith but was only given eight minutes of league action since Gerrard was appointed back in mid-November, proving why a move away was probably the best option for him.
In an ideal world, Villa will be able to sign a centre-back this month that will not only be able to take Tuanzebe’s place in the squad but also be able to rival the likes of Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings for a regular spot in Gerrard’s starting XI. However, that may be difficult to find.
Though, given Villa’s early activity in the window, this will surely give a lot of fans some hope that their club will be able to sign a suitable central defender before the window closes, in turn providing their manager with enough strength and depth in that position to go full throttle throughout the remainder of the season and end as high up the table as they can.
It’s evident the Villans could do with some more options in that third of the pitch and if Johan Lange does add more bodies to the defence, it will surely leave Gerrard and his coaching staff elated at how January has panned out.
There aren’t too many holes in the Liverpudlian’s squad but Villa’s backline clearly lacks the necessary talent.