Steven Gerrard has been extremely active over the summer trying to secure Aston Villa’s success for the coming season.
One position he has certainly strengthened is central midfield, with Boubacar Kamara come free to add a more defensive option.
That leaves the door open for him to add one more, with a box-to-box midfielder with attacking flair the likely choice.
Would Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain be a good recruit for Aston Villa?
Perhaps Gerrard sees himself in the 28-year-old a bit and thinks that with proper management he could have a similar impact on his Villa side as he had on Liverpool all those years ago.
The midfielder saw his playing time at Anfield lessen over the years due to a mix of injuries and Jurgen Klopp’s reinforcements to counter that.
He had a decent run throughout the Champions League last season, earning an average SofaScore rating of 7.07.
In the last campaign where it was not ravaged by injuriesin 2018/19 he recorded 11 goal contributions in all competitions. Maybe with a decent run in a team with much lower expectations, he can get back to that kind of form.
Last season, however, when he played he impressed, sitting in the 96th percentile for progressive litters, the 99th percentile for the total number of shots and the 96th percentile of progressive passes received compared to midfielders in the big five European leagues.
He could bridge the gap between Kamara and the attack and would pair well with the Frenchman due to his 4.32 progressive passes by 90.
In his playing days, Gerrard enjoyed late entries into the box and scored goals of all kinds. He had a particular penchant for scoring a screamer or two, which is also similar to Oxlade-Chamberlain in that regard.
Perhaps giving this forgotten man one last chance as he enters his prime could prove incredibly profitable for Villa and help them further close the gap between themselves and the big six.
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