KRIS COMMONS: So will Steven Gerrard come back for his Ibrox stars? Don’t bet on it! There are NO stand-out players in the Rangers squad who will make his Aston Villa team better
- Steven Gerrard swapped Rangers for Premier League side Aston Villa this week
- It would be a surprise to see him raid his old club for players in January window
- There are no stand-out players in the Gers squad that will improve Aston Villa
- Given Rangers’ finances, the club’s board wouldn’t discourage him from trying
The first thing any new manager will look at is the shortcomings of the squad they’ve inherited.
If they believe there’s a ready-made solution by signing a player from the club they have just left, they’ll tend to look no further.
Given that they posted a £23.5million operating loss last week, I’d imagine the Rangers board wouldn’t exactly discourage Steven Gerrard if he chose to table some offers for his now former players come January.
Steven Gerrard departed Ibrox for Aston Villa after a three-and-a-half year stay in Glasgow
Many are now wondering if he will return to Ibrox to steal the likes of captain James Tavernier
I just happen to believe those discussions won’t be taking place. Not because there aren’t talented players at Ibrox. There plainly are. But none of them are guaranteed to make Villa any better.
Gerrard’s new side have the third-worst defensive record in the Premier League. If you’re going to stay in the league, you need to give yourself a better foundation.
Rangers’ stand-outs defensively are James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic. But are they going to improve Villa? I’d be extremely doubtful of that.
Nathan Patterson could go for big money at some point but I don’t think it will be to Villa, purely because they have Matty Cash, who I think is a terrific right-back.
Listen, Patterson is a real talent but he’s more one for the future. Right now, Villa need tried-and-trusted players to get them out of this hole.
The one stand-out in the past 12 months in midfield has been Glen Kamara. But he’s not the kind of player who’s going to score you bags of goals to keep you in the division.
Rangers’ best players, like Connor Goldson (top), would not improve Aston Villa’s team
Borna Barisic (right) is another of Rangers’ most impressive players during Gerrard’s reign
Gerrard posted a heartfelt message to the Rangers fans on social media on Thursday
Ryan Kent is still gaining experience and learning his trade. He’s not a stick-on every week and has had a couple of injuries. He’s not going to get you 20 goals a season on a regular basis.
I’d see him as a bit of a gamble in that regard. He’s not a proven player. He’s still more of a prospect.
Villa need goals. Alfredo Morelos might go and get you the 15 you need and tear it apart down there.
But what you always detect with Villa is the togetherness and team spirit. Would Morelos be guaranteed to help the atmosphere in the dressing room? Gerrard knows he’s high-maintenance. It would be a big gamble. And he’s also not playing particularly well at the moment.
I just don’t think there’s an absolute stand-out in the Rangers squad who would make Villa better.
There are no stand-out players from Gerrard’s Rangers team that would make Villa better
Put it this way. There have been so many rumours over the past 12 months about Morelos, Kent, Goldson and Barisic — but no one has bought them. So I don’t see why that changes just because Steven Gerrard is now the Villa boss.
Although Villa have had a tough time, they finished 11th in the Premier League last season, so clearly still have a lot of good players.
With Gerrard’s contacts in England — and simply his presence — there will be no shortage of players who want to play for him.
It might suit Rangers for him to come back and spend some money on their players, but it’s a big world out there.