Aston Villa have already made substantial efforts in strengthening their squad in the course of the present January switch window by including the duo of Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne to their ranks.
With two weeks left till the window closes and chief govt Christian Purslow not too long ago claiming that there are “one or two different issues” they wish to get accomplished by way of transfers earlier than the tip of the month, one space of their squad that the Midlands membership ought to now be wanting so as to add to is at centre-back.
Having seen Axel Tuanzebe depart Villa Park earlier this month, an area has now opened up in Villa’s squad for a brand new centre-back to come back in alongside the likes of Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause.
One potential centre-back that might realistically signal a cope with Villa throughout the subsequent two weeks and be part of Gerrard’s squad, is Liverpool’s 24-year-old defender Nat Phillips, who has been talked about with a transfer away from the Merseyside membership this month.
On a short-term foundation, Phillips, who’s at present selecting up a weekly wage of £19k-per-week in response to Wage Sport, can be a helpful asset for Villa, not solely as a result of Tuanzebe’s absence but in addition due to the harm Konsa picked up of their current 2-2 draw towards Manchester United that might hold him out for a time period.
In a long-term regard, with Phillips’ pretty younger age and the truth that Hause’s contract is about to run out in the summertime, signing the Liverpool man might be a great piece of enterprise from Villa in the event that they get him on a protracted contract and Gerrard manages to embed him into the group efficiently, which might presumably be tempting for Phillips given his lack of sport time at Anfield this season.
Would Nat Phillips be a great match at Villa?
Having performed throughout the Premier League and Champions League for Liverpool underneath Jurgen Klopp, who has praised the 24-year-old previously for his “insane” performances for the Reds, Phillips might be seen as a possible improve on Hause regardless of being youthful than the present Villa defender.
Within the Premier League final time period, the Villa goal gained a whopping 5.6 aerial duels per sport in comparison with Hause’s 3.2 this time period. In the meantime, Phillips can be a extra environment friendly tackler, prevailing in 1.3 per match compared to the 0.5 gained by their present choice on the again.
Subsequently it’s value Gerrard making a name to his former membership to see if they’d be prepared to work out a deal for the defender earlier than the tip of the month.
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