New Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has lauded the influence of veteran broad man Ashley Younger.
The Stevenage-born ace performed at Villa Park between 2007 and 2011, making 190 appearances in all competitions. He was then snapped up by Man Utd and went on to win quite a few trophies, together with the Premier League title in 2012-13.
Younger then had a profitable 18-month spell with Inter, the place he received the Serie A crown, however is now again within the Premier League with Aston Villa.
The 36-year-old made his second debut in August, in opposition to one other one in all his former golf equipment, Watford.
He registered an help on Saturday because the Villans beat Brighton 2-0, getting Gerrard’s reign as supervisor off to a profitable begin within the course of.
On the star, Gerrard revealed that he has a coach-like influence on the staff’s Bodymoor Heath coaching floor.
“I do know Ashley extraordinarily properly and he’s been completely excellent since we walked by way of the door. Not simply on the coaching pitch however his management and standard-setting,” the Liverpool legend stated.
“We see gamers like him as an outer-layer of the workers, when you like, who actually assist us when we have to lean on him.
“He was prepared and the massive factor about Ash is he can play right-back, left-back, he can play as an eight, a ten or broad. That’s what good gamers assist you to do as a supervisor, assist you to play in several methods.”
The current victory may very well be an necessary stepping stone as Villa look to maneuver up the desk. They’re at the moment fifteenth, simply 4 factors above the relegation zone.
“We have to go and again it up now,” Gerrard added. “It’s solely three factors, it’s solely a begin. There are areas we will enhance and develop. Extra weeks on the coaching pitch within the weeks and months will make us higher and make us stronger.”
Villa eyeing up ‘essential’ Rangers man
In the meantime, Villa are reportedly monitoring Rangers left-back Borna Barisic forward of an £8m transfer.
The Categorical, citing the Mirror, write that Gerrard desires to enhance his defence by including the Croatian to his ranks. Such a deal would see Barisic rival Matt Targett for a beginning spot.
The 29-year-old made 30 league appearances final season as Rangers received the Scottish title and went unbeaten.
He isn’t the one Rangers star to be linked, as Finland worldwide Glen Kamara can also be a goal.