Now that the 2022 January transfer window has officially opened, this is the time for Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard to make his mark on the squad and bring some new players in that can improve his side and spark a potential push up the league table.
Even though it’s still only early in the window, it seems as though the former Rangers boss has his eye on a player that he will have knowledge of from his time in Scotland.
Via a recent club-by-club January transfer guide from the Daily Mail, Villa are interested in signing Hibernian left-back Josh Doig.
Since joining Hibs’ youth side back in the 2019 summer transfer window from Hearts, Doig has gone on to make 57 appearances for their senior team across all competitions, chipping in with one goal and five assists along the way.
Labelled as a “phenomenal” player by Ray McKinnon, the 19-year-old has started all of the 16 SPFL games he’s appeared in so far this season, showing just how much of an important figure he is for the team.
In terms of a potential move to Villa this month, Gerrard could unearth the Premier League’s next Andy Robertson with Doig. Of course, the £2.7m-rated talent is another Scottish left-back who has the potential to grow and develop into an important figure for the Midlands club in the same way that Robertson has at Liverpool, with Doig drawing comparisons to him in the past.
With Villa only having Matt Targett and Ashley Young in their squad that predominantly play in the left-back position, it could be worth adding a young player like Doig to their squad that can be a long-term fixture at Villa Park for many years.
Moving forward, Johan Lange and co should definitely see if they would be able to work out a deal for the teenager this month even though his current contract at Hibs isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2025, which could potentially lead to Villa having to pay a hefty fee for him.
However, with his young age and the praise he’s gathered, this could be a smart long-term investment for Villa if Hibs are willing to let him leave this month.