Whilst it is still early days in the latter’s managerial career, it seems like he has already dropped the ball when he swooped for wantaway full-back Lucas Digne.
Signing him from Everton, a club in disarray at the time, it seemed like they had pulled off a massive coup on one of the league’s most creative defenders.
It, therefore, makes his start to life at Villa Park all the more underwhelming, as his six-month stint last season disappointed almost as much as his start to this campaign.
Purchased for £25m too and handed astronomical wages of £163k-per-week for a 29-year-old, it was a risk Gerrard was clearly willing to take to acquire a forward-thinking left-back to further implement his system.
All in all, given his £8.5m per year salary, after this season he will have cost NSWE a total of £36.75m
His average SofaScore rating of 6.81 this season is also indicative of an underperforming player, who offers little defensively if he is not going forward.
His defensive deficiencies could be overlooked at Goodison Park due to his fantastic offensive output, but with that having dried up for Aston Villa, they are left with a shell of the player they intended to buy.
There is still time for him to come good for Gerrard, but his side’s faltering start to the season means it might be harder than just flipping a switch. It will take hard work and some tough words, which is similar to what Rafa Benitez used to drive him out of Merseyside.