Sergio Gomez signs, McGinn competition, new striker added: Aston Villa’s best transfer window – Ashley Preece

Twenty days have passed since Aston Villa’s last signing as Steven Gerrard decided to bring in Robin Olsen for £3million. The Swede has become Villa’s fourth permanent addition this summer, with Gerrard moving quickly to secure the transfers of Boubacar Kamara, Diego Carlos and Philippe Coutinho with a combined fee of just under £50million spent so far.

With transfer activity set to ramp up from next week as staff and players return to work, Villa are hoping to complete what may well be their best transfer window in recent memory. The summer of 2020 was particularly impressive with £77million spent on Ollie Watkins, Emi Martinez and Matty Cash, as well as Bertrand Traore. Ross Barkley has also arrived on loan. The previous summer, however, was nothing short of unprecedented with 12 permanent additions signed before the club returned to the Premier League. Kortney Hause, Anwar El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Marvelous Nakamba, Ezri Konsa, Douglas Luiz, Tyrone Mings and Wesley all remain at the club as things stand.

The £60million ‘Moneyball’ experiment of 2015 proved to be a disaster with Jordan Veretout, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Adama Traore all arriving prematurely, while Rudy Gestede was seen as the man to replace Christian Benteke. You probably have to go that far back in Martin O’Neill’s transfer windows to create success stories, although Gerrard’s class of 2022 could quite easily eclipse anything we’ve seen when it comes to transfer windows at Villa Park.

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The manager has a left-back, a midfielder and a striker on his radar. Anderlecht attacking full-back Sergio Gomez is on Villa’s shortlist and would be a sensible addition to come in and compete with Lucas Digne for a starting shirt. Gomez, previously schooled at Barcelona before moving to Dortmund, scored five goals and assisted 12 last season in 34 league games.

Elsewhere, a midfielder to provide strong competition to John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey is imperative. Both McGinn and Ramsey would have known their places last season were untouchable given the lack of options in the engine room. But if Gerrard were to decide to sign a high-caliber midfielder – Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher is currently a name on fans’ lips – then you suspect that might just get the best out of McGinn. There will also be some pressure on Ramsey next season to see if he can back up what has been an outstanding campaign. The futures of Morgan Sanson, Carney Chukwuemeka and Douglas Luiz remain uncertain, which again indicates that Gerrard needs to make good business in such a crucial area of ​​the pitch. A good summer window would also mean Chukwuemeka signing a new long-term deal given his performances at the European Championships with the England Under-19s (two goals, two assists in two games).

And finally, Gerrard will need a third striker to compete and complement Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings next season. Cameron Archer could well be that guy if options were limited in the transfer market when, for the most part, the Walsall-born striker fully deserves a place in Villa’s Premier League squad through next season . Adding another centre-forward should be a priority for Villa, however, with the club keen to fight hard on three fronts next season. Next season will also see the reintroduction of five substitutions, which again strengthens the case for more attacking options.

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Martin E. Berry