Aston Villa’s stars need to always be in red-hot form as Steven Gerrard has shown he will never be content with his squad, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
Gerrard was appointed as the Midlands club’s head coach in November, quitting reigning Scottish Premiership champions Rangers in order to succeed Dean Smith, and he has already made numerous changes to the team he inherited.
What’s the latest news involving Villa?
Villa suffered their latest setback when a deflected Kieran Trippier free-kick condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League strugglers Newcastle United on Sunday.
Having registered just one win in their last seven fixtures, Gerrard reacted to the St James’ Park loss by admitting ‘some changes will need to be made’ to his team due to being ‘nowhere near’ good enough.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also noticed the 41-year-old’s displeasure at the performance and suggested Gerrard was ‘furious’.
Villa now find themselves 12th in the Premier League standings and are currently closer to the relegation zone than the European qualification spots.
That is a blow to Gerrard, who immediately set his sights on leading his new employers into continental football after being handed the Villa Park reins.
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What has Dean Jones said about the situation?
Jones believes Gerrard is a hard man to please now he has swapped the heart of midfield for the dugout.
The transfer insider feels Villa’s January business shows the cut-throat nature of how the Liverpool legend works.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Steven Gerrard is a manager that’s never going to be content with what he’s got.
“I think that’s a warning to every player in the team that their place will never be safe. He already proved that with the signings he made because they were in areas that they didn’t need obvious strengthening and the spot they did, in defensive midfield, they didn’t.”
Who did Villa sign in January?
Gerrard showed he meant business by securing fresh faces which resulted in Villa being Europe’s sixth biggest spenders in last month’s transfer window.
He got the ball rolling with the eye-catching loan signing of Barcelona creative midfielder Philippe Coutinho, with the deal including the option of being made permanent for £33million.
Gerrard then splashed the cash by parting with up to £25million to sign left-back Lucas Digne from Premier League rivals Everton.