Aston Villa: Gerrard could bring 'ultimate' 132-cap striker to Villa Park

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard outside of Turf Moor

Aston Villa could look to sign Luis Suarez this summer, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Midlands club have been linked with both the 35-year-old and Lille’s Jonathan David as Steven Gerrard looks to bolster his forward options, and Jones can see them moving for one of the two.

What is the latest news involving Suarez and David?

Reports in Spain claim Gerrard wants a reunion with Suarez after their time together at Liverpool.

The Atletico Madrid forward is out of contract next month, meaning Villa can pick him up for nothing, though they could face competition from Sevilla and Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, French outlet But! claims that the Villans are likely to make a big offer for David in the upcoming transfer window.

The young Canadian has really excelled in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 15 goals in 38 appearances.

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What has Jones said about Villa?

Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that he thinks Villa will sign a new striker this summer, naming Suarez as a potential option if Gerrard wants to go down the experienced route.

Speaking to GMS, the transfer insider said: “I think they will sign another centre-forward, and it can go one of two ways.

“The next striker they sign is either someone of ultimate experience like Luis Suarez, or they go in for one of those gems that is tipped to be a star of the next 10 years. Jonathan David is one of those, to be fair, so it wouldn’t be a bad signing.”

Is Suarez past it?

No. He looks far from it after scoring 11 league goals this season and 21 the campaign prior as Atletico went on to win the 2020/21 La Liga title.

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Kent Nielsen - Aston Villa

Do you know this obscure Aston Villa footballer from the 1990s?

These days, the 132-cap Uruguay international is not dribbling with the ball as much as he used to, averaging just 0.2 dribbles per league match this term (via WhoScored).

When you compare that to the 2.8 he averaged in his final season at Liverpool and 1.4 in his penultimate campaign as a Barcelona player, it is clear to see that his game has naturally changed as he has grown older.

Nevertheless, if Gerrard wants to bring a proven goalscorer to Villa Park this summer, he will do well to find better than Suarez.

On a free transfer, it seems like a no-brainer, though you wonder how his arrival would impact the likes of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings, with the former currently being linked with a switch to West Ham.

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