Leander Dendoncker and Jan Bednarek joined on the last day of the transfer window for £13 million and a season-long loan, respectively, giving Gerrard alternatives in the two positions that arguably required them the most.
Ben Brereton-Diaz of Blackburn Rovers has lately been linked to them, but no deal for the player actually happened. They were also looking for another forward throughout the window.
However, this could not matter because the team may already have a player who might develop into a Premier League star.
Older brother of Carney Chukwuemeka, who just transferred from Villa to Chelsea for £20 million, Caleb Chukwuemeka plays forward for Villa’s U21 team.
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With the talent he possesses—Gregg Evans calls him a “genuine prospect“—Chukwuemeka could without a doubt follow in his brother’s footsteps. There seems to be no ceiling on what he may do in the game.
The manager will be hoping the kid continues to improve in League Two after Gerrard sent him out on loan to Crawley Town for the rest of the season.
In just nine games in the Premier League 2 last season, he scored seven goals, added five assists, and was named player of the month for September.
The 20-year-old was signed by Livingston in the Premiership for the second half of the previous season after Aston Villa edged off Tottenham Hotspur and Rangers for his services last year.
When he didn’t score any goals while he was there, playing first-team football for a top-flight side was great for his development, and if he keeps getting better, he might very well become a force to be reckoned with in the future.