Aston Villa are in a new era under Steven Gerrard and will be looking to capitalise on the opportunities which come with having such a high-profile leader manager at the club to attract new talent to Villa Park.
The Midlanders had a busy summer in the transfer window, securing some of the most exciting prospects in the Premier League including Danny Ings, Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey to name a few.
There was one player in whom Villa were speculated to take an interest over the summer and who would be a very interesting addition to see under the wing of Gerrard.
Curtis Jones was rumoured to have been on the radar of the Midlands club, with a £15m bid allegedly being prepared to offer to Liverpool for the young attacking midfielder, as it seemed he was out of favour in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
The £27m-rated beast has since played a part in a run of unbeatable form this season by the Merseyside giants which was only broken in their 11th Premier League game against West Ham, one in which the 20-year-old was not involved.
Former Liverpool midfielder Gerrard has spoken highly of the youngster in the past when he managed the Reds under-18s, where he dubbed Jones “a top talent”.
“This team is built around him. He’s a top talent and he’s a top player,” the 41-year-old said while working as Liverpool under-18 manager.
“It’s important he gets on the ball as much as he can because he makes us play. He’s got that quality to create something out of nothing.
“But it’s important we don’t get carried away. Curtis is doing really well, he’s improving all the time. He’s a great kid, he wants to work, he wants to learn, he’s a top, top talent.”
Jones possesses similar qualities to Gerrard as a player and has been compared to the newly-installed Villa manager by coaches at Liverpool, so the move would seem like the perfect match for the two Scousers to come together and develop the young midfielder’s game.
Johan Lange should make Jones his prime target this summer, as the youngster continues to prove that his attacking abilities are developing at Liverpool, with a goal and three assists so far this term. His potential is yet to be fully unlocked, something Gerrard would have no problem squeezing out with his experience in the youngster’s position.
Aston Villa and Gerrard will likely be looking for ways to improve their current Premier League form by potentially adding new players in the winter transfer window in a few weeks’ times, and Jones could yet be a renewed target for the club.