Aston Villa were busy in the transfer window until the final hours of deadline day – signing Leander Dendoncker late on – and Steven Gerrard will be hoping that he and the powers at Villa Park have done it enough to adequately strengthen the squad.
The Villains aren’t having the best start to their Premier League campaign, taking just four points from their first six outings this season, but now that the transfer window has shut Gerrard will need to persist with the players he has to find the best solution to recover from their slow start.
One player who the club did miss out on was Tottenham Hotspur star Lucas Moura – the Brazilian who had been the subject of interest for several clubs, including Newcastle United.
Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano confirmed Villa’s interest on Twitter last Friday: “Newcastle wanted Lucas Moura as they approached Tottenham during deadline day, same for Aston Villa. Spurs decided to keep the player, never been advanced. Lucas future remains open as he’s out of contract in June 2023 and there are chances for a free move.”
While Villa could go in for the player in the winter transfer window or get him on a free transfer next summer, Moura could’ve been just what Gerrard needs in the forward line to add elite Premier League experience and a fresh attacking mind to the team in order to help inspire more winners.
The winger who was hailed “unreal” by Dan King has found himself out of favour in Antonio Conte’s side at Spurs after the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski, but has been a consistent performer over his four years with the club.
Moura has scored 38 goals and delivered 27 assists to his teammates over 204 appearances in north London – with a goal contribution every 180 minutes of football played, proving that he is a goal threat that can be relied upon.
Not only that, the “incredible” winger’s experience of working with one of the most successful strike partnerships in the league between Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min could have been a huge boost for Villa.
Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings haven’t had the best time in terms of connecting their goal-scoring talents over last season and the current campaign, with the duo now battling it out to be the lead marksman in Gerrard’s starting eleven after failing to work well together.
Together they have scored 20 Premier League goals since Ings joined the team last summer, with Watkins scoring 12 and the former Southampton striker delivering eight, and if Villa want to start picking up three-pointers the pair need to do more.
With that being said, adding Moura into the front three to offer the creativity and service the pair are clearly desperate for could’ve put Gerrard onto a winner in finding the solution to their low goal tally over the season so far, and not signing the Brazilian could be a decision the manager will regret.