Having secured the services of Philippe Coutinho on a loan deal from Barcelona and now a permanent transfer for Lucas Digne, Aston Villa’s owners have certainly delivered on recent claims that they will back Steven Gerrard financially this month.
With there still being over two weeks left until the window closes, this gives the Midlands club plenty of time to potentially strengthen their squad even further than they already have done if Gerrard feels the need to do so.
One player that could potentially strengthen Villa’s attacking force alongside Coutinho is Bayer Leverkusen attacker Florian Wirtz, who has been previously mentioned with a move to the Midlands club in a transfer report from the Daily Mail.
In 69 senior appearances for Leverkusen, the 18-year-old has managed to score 17 goals and provide 19 assists in the process, highlighting his attacking capabilities in front of goal as well as setting things up for his teammates, which is very impressive given his young age.
Labelled as a “clever” player by Germany manager Hansi Flick, the £43k-per-week Wirtz has been an important figure for Leverkusen this season by starting 18 of the 22 games he’s appeared in across all competitions, scoring eight goals and delivering 11 assists.
With this in mind and the fact that his current contract isn’t set to expire until 2026, it could be hard for Villa to sign him, certainly in this window. However, given their clear ability to attract exciting players to the Midlands in recent windows, it shouldn’t be ruled out that they will be able to secure Wirtz’s signature at some point in the future.
If did sign the German this month, it could give Gerrard the opportunity to form a scary attacking duo with Wirtz and Coutinho, who would be able to guide the teenager in some respects given his previous experience in the Premier League.
The Brazilian racked up an average of 2.3 shots at goal per game for Barcelona in La Liga last season, leaving only Lionel Messi with more. Combine this with Wirtz#s average of 1.6 shots per game in the Bundesliga and it shows how much of a nuisance the pair could be together, linking up to create a real attacking force to be reckoned with.