Aston Villa: Gerrard makes big call on key position at Villa Park

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Aston Villa are unlikely to sign any more centre-backs unless they sell one of their current defenders, according to The Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

Villa have already been busy in the summer transfer window as Steven Gerrard looks to stamp his authority at the club.

Have Villa been linked with any more centre-backs?

The Villans have turned Philippe Coutinho and Robin Olsen’s loan spells into permanent moves, while they have also brought in Diego Carlos and Boubacar Kamara in the opening weeks of the window.

They have now been linked with Burnley’s Nathan Collins following a report by talkSPORT, after the Clarets were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of last season.

The 6 foot 4 defender is also being monitored by Villa’s Midlands rivals Wolves, as well as Leeds.

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What has Taylor said about Villa’s transfer plans?

Taylor does not expect Villa to sign Collins as he feels that Gerrard is happy with his current options at centre-back.

When asked whether Collins would be a sensible addition to Villa’s squad, Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “He would. I don’t know how concrete those links are, but from what I gather, unless someone leaves, I don’t think Villa will sign another centre-back. Obviously, they have Mings, Konsa, Carlos and Calum Chambers, who actually finished the season quite well.”

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Should Villa be looking to sign another centre-back?

Gerrard has already bolstered his back line by bringing in Carlos, who has Champions League experience from his time at Sevilla.

However, the rest of the defence has stayed the same as last season, and Villa were only able to finish down in 14th in 2021/22.

Admittedly, Mings is an England international, but he was dropped from the latest England squad, suggesting that Gareth Southgate is no longer convinced by him, and Gerrard has previously stated that he could take the captain’s armband off the 29-year-old this summer.

This indicates that Gerrard is also starting to lose faith in him, and if that is the case, it may be best for Gerrard to go back into the market to sign another central defender.

By doing this, he could then find a suitable partner for Carlos as Villa look to push themselves up the table next term.

Going down this route may be necessary if Villa are going to break into the top seven in 2022/23.

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