The Villans got off to a solid start following the arrival of their new boss, claiming back-to-back victories over Brighton and Crystal Palace, but have begun to falter in recent weeks.
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Dean Smith was relieved of his duties by the Villa Park hierarchy back in November after five consecutive defeats in the Premier League made his place in the dugout untenable.
And the Midlands outfit experienced an initial boost after former Rangers leader Gerrard was announced as his successor, with four victories in his first six league games sparking hope of a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
However, Villa’s form has taken a turn for the worse since then. A 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Boxing Day has sparked a run of one win in their last eight games in all competitions.
The Villa faithful even booed their side off the pitch last time out as relegation-threatened Watford came away with all three points, and Gerrard admitted his side ‘deserved’ the hostile response.
But the 41-year-old tactician has been let down by some hugely underwhelming displays from his more senior players of late, and Luiz is perhaps amongst the biggest culprits for this downturn in form.
What has Jones said about Luiz?
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Yet Jones has claimed that Luiz is the player he is ‘most surprised about’ after witnessing his standards drop.
He told GiveMeSport: “Yeah, I mean, the one I’m most surprised about is somebody like Douglas Luiz, who is a fantastic footballer and has got great pedigree, but his levels have slipped. And I’m surprised that they’ve slipped, to be honest, under Steven Gerrard.”
How poor has Luiz been?
Nevertheless, the Brazil international was hauled off just before the hour-mark against Watford over the weekend after failing to make an impact on the game.
As per WhoScored, Luiz has been awarded ratings of just 6.36 and 6.25 for his previous two runouts versus Newcastle and the Hornets, way below his average of 6.84.
The engine room operator is evidently suffering from a loss of form, and his teammates need him to return to his best as soon as possible to help alter their momentum.