Aston Villa man eyed by European club and former boss ‘surprised’ at poor start

The latest Aston Villa news and rumours on Friday

Aston Villa have had a tricky start to the new Premier League season.

Steven Gerrard’s side find themselves 17th in the league table after only one win from their opening six matches.

However, they did pick up a decent 1-1 draw at home to champions Manchester City last time out.

Here is a look at the latest news and rumours regarding the club...

Midfielder still a wanted man

Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz is still reportedly on AC Milan’s radar.

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The Brazilian only has a year left on his contract at Villa Park and his side run the risk of losing him for nothing in June 2023 unless they can agree terms on a new deal or they sell him for a fee in January.

According to Italian news outlet CalcioMercato web, Milan are still ‘monitoring’ his situation.

Defender opens up about tough start

Tyrone Mings has admitted that Villa struggle with ‘consistency’.

Gerrard’s side will be looking to build on their result against City and string together a set of results now.

Their centre-back has told their official club website:

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“I think we struggle with consistency. That’s something, individually, we have to get to. It’s something I’m working on, it’s something I feel I’m getting to.

“But, also as a team, you have to find some level of consistency that brings a consistent standard of results as well. We’re not there yet but, of course, we’re trying.”

Former boss ‘surprised’ by poor start

Ex-Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has said he is ‘surprised’ by the poor start they have made to this campaign.

The Sky Sports pundit was in charge of the Midlands outfit for eight months in 2015.

He has delivered this verdict, as per The Mirror:

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“I’m surprised at the start they’ve made. When Stevie (Gerrard) came into the club I was really taken by him. He’s authentic, always speaks the truth and almost too honest at times.

“I did the same, always wore my heart on my sleeve. But it takes its toll in the end and you end up losing your job. He’s trying to take the pressure off the players, but you do that, the pressure will come to you.”