Although former Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard’s name is renowned across Europe for being one of the greatest midfielders to grace the Premier League, as a coach, his pull likely holds less weight.
Unproven and still only 42 years old, there is little comparison with Aston Villa’s new boss Unai Emery.
This makes their acquisition of him at Villa Park seem all the more impressive, with his pedigree expected to draw a wealth of talent who likely would love to play under his expert tutelage.
One man who they might be able to finally tempt in the summer is Lucas Moura, whose recent comment will likely reignite interest from the Midlands outfit who failed in a last-ditch move in the summer to land the Tottenham Hotspur winger.
The Brazilian recently outlined his plans for the season: “My thought is to finish this season with Tottenham, try to win a title this season and, free of contract, sit down with my family and listen to the offers that will appear. That’s when you analyse everything: country, club, financial side.”
Although he has been short on game time this season, the 30-year-old has enjoyed a fine career laden with moments of magic and plenty of honours.
Moura has always been something of a goal threat, and should Villa manage to tempt him on a free, he would certainly offer an improvement on their current depth out wide.
Lauded as an “exceptional talent” by journalist Vithushan Ehantharajah back in 2012, he has not lost this incredible game-changing ability as he has grown older.
Although he is far from the player he once was, these qualities still make him worth having in a squad.
Emery could use his talents to help get them to the next level, bidding him farewell as the Villans cruise up the Premier League.