This is the latest Aston Villa News as line up shows for 2023 after 2 done deal with four set to be finalised along the summer.
Steven Gerrard is a man on a mission, concerned with converting Aston Villa from a 14th-place finisher to a team that can compete with the top six or seven teams in the Premier League.
Calum Chambers, Lucas Digne, Philippe Coutinho, and Robin Olsen were all brought in by the head coach in January, and both Coutinho and new acquisition Boubacar Kamara signed permanent agreements within a week of the season ending.
Gerrard’s first full season at Villa Park begins this summer, and all expectations will be on a significant improvement over the previous campaign.
To do so, the manager remains dedicated to bringing in top-tier players, and we look at how each aspect of Gerrard’s team may evolve next season.
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It’s a guarantee that Emi Martinez will be Villa’s first-choice goalkeeper next season. Meanwhile, Sweden’s No. 1 Olsen is expected to be the next permanent addition to Villa Park, with Gerrard keen for that to happen.
Olsen is in the final year of his Roma contract and will be available at a bargain price of less than £5 million. Viljami Sinisalo, a Finnish under-21 goalkeeper who is liked by goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler, will likely be the third-choice goalkeeper in 2022/23.
Gerrard and his staff have a lot of work to do if they want their Villa XI to be considerably more resolute next season. We all saw what happened at the final day match with ManCity, when City only needed to flick on a switch to score three goals in under six minutes.
That frightened Gerrard, who has decided to keep players like Matty Cash, Digne, Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, and Calum Chambers. Kortney Hause will be available for loan or transfer, while Kaine Kesler Hayden, a promising right-back, will step up.
Villa, on the other hand have also bring in Sevilla’s Diego Carlos as free agent James Tarkowski set to seal deal later this week.
Suspension and injury are both a possibility next season, and Gerrard has told sports director Johan Lange that he wants lots of defensive alternatives which the club is working effortlessly on it.
Villa are looking for a left-back and haven’t given up hope of signing Aaron Hickey from Bologna. Calvin Bassey of Rangers has also been mentioned, although his best position is centre-back, not left-back, where he’s filled in during his tenure at Ibrox.
Gerrard has already moved quickly and forcefully to sign Kamara on a free transfer from Marseille, despite heavy interest from Atletico Madrid.
Villa will keep John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey as crucial players next season, with Marvelous Nakamba and Tim Iroegbunam as back-up possibilities.
Meanwhile, Villa are still looking for a new No.8, and one of their main targets is Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, who is available for roughly £25 million. Morgan Sanson or Douglas Luiz are the most probable candidates to leave this summer.
Coutinho, Emi Buendia, Danny Ings, and Ollie Watkins will all be key players in attack next season. Cameron Archer’s future at Villa Park will be decided, with the possibility of another loan transfer looming.
As we all know, Luis Suarez is still a possibility for Gerrard, who has confessed that he wants more experience in the final third after a string of wasted chances last season.
Plenty of departures are on the agenda and have been for a while at Bodymoor Heath. Frederic Guilbert (transfer value: £5m, contract: 2023), Anwar El Ghazi (£5m, 2023), Lovre Kalinic (£1m, 2023), Conor Hourihane (free transfer), Keinan Davis (£8m, 2024), Matt Targett (£13m) and Trezeguet (£5m, 2023) are all heading towards the exit door this summer.
As mentioned, it appears the same for Sanson (£10m, 2025) and Hause (£8m, 2025), while Carney Chukwuemeka (£5m, 2023), Bertrand Traore (£12m, 2024) and Jaden Philogene-Bidace (£3m, 2024) could all realistically call time on their careers in B6.
Jed Steer, who has a year left on his deal, is currently out long-term having snapped his Achilles while on-loan at Luton. Villa’s under-23 players of Ben Chrisene, Lamare Bogarde and Louie Barry are likely to secure loans.
Ramsey, Cash and Martinez all signed new long-term deals last season and, looking ahead, more could be in the offing.
A possible surprise could see Douglas Luiz pen new terms in a bid to retain his value amid his dwindling contract situation (2023).
McGinn and Watkins (both 2025) are both pushing for new contracts given their importance and well-documented transfer interest from Tottenham and West Ham respectively.
Goalkeepers: Emi Martinez, Robin Olsen , Viljami Sinisalo
Defenders: Matty Cash, Kaine Kesler Hayden, Ezri Konsa, James Tarkowski , Tyrone Mings, Diego Carlos , Calum Chambers, Lucas Digne, Aaron Hickey .
Midfielders: Boubacar Kamara, Marvelous Nakamba, Tim Iroegbunam, Jacob Ramsey, John McGinn, Yves Bissouma , Douglas Luiz.
Forwards: Emiliano Buendia, Philippe Coutinho, Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Leon Bailey, Luis Suarez .
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