£31.5m Aston Villa star 'doesn't want to play' role in Gerrard system

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Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz does not want to play in the holding midfield position under Steven Gerrard, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 23-year-old has mostly been utilised there following his manager’s arrival, but it appears that he wants to be deployed further forward.

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Prior to his injury, Marvelous Nakamba was the one being tasked with shielding Villa’s back four by Gerrard.

However, with the Zimbabwe international now sidelined, the Villans boss has had to turn to £31.5m-rated Luiz, with there being no other real alternative in the squad.

It is a position Luiz is quite clearly comfortable in after playing there over 80 times in his career. But he has also made almost the same amount appearances further forward, so it would come as no shock if the Brazilian saw his future there.

For now, though, it looks like he is going to have to remain in defensive midfield until Nakamba returns from his spell on the sidelines.

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What has Jones said about Luiz and Gerrard?

Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that Luiz does not want to play as a holding midfield and Gerrard understands that but has been forced into a bit of a corner.

Speaking to GMS, the insider said: “Douglas Luiz doesn’t really want to play there. He doesn’t want to be playing in the deepest role. I think Gerrard understands that and he’s just been using him there while he had to.”

Will Gerrard eventually push Luiz further forward?

That looks like a strong possibility. There is a good chance that Gerrard brings in a more defensive-minded midfielder this summer, with the former Rangers manager confirming that Villa already had a bid rejected for Brighton’s Yves Bissouma in January.

“It was well documented that we put in a bid for Bissouma at Brighton,” Gerrard was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

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As well as Bissouma, Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi is another midfielder who could be targeted when the transfer window reopens.

According to the Daily Star, Gerrard will have £50m to spend on either the former or the latter, with both men on his shortlist.

Ultimately, it means Luiz could get to play further forward at Villa next season if he remains at Villa Park. There has, of course, been talk about both Arsenal and Tottenham having an interest in him, so there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Brazil international right now in more than one aspect.

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