Ultimately, the previous Manchester Metropolis man would stay at Villa Park, which may show to be an error by Steven Gerrard as he’s now set to go away the membership subsequent summer time on a free switch when his present contract expires, with international golf equipment in a position to start talks with the midfielder in January.
With Boubacar Kamara now injured till after the World Cup, Gerrard has been pressured to recall the Brazilian to his first crew after handing him simply two begins within the Premier League earlier than final weekend’s stalemate in opposition to Leeds United.
The 24-year-old confirmed his qualities in that sport, incomes an outstanding 7.74 ranking from WhoScored for his efficiency, so it could show robust to interchange him when he does go away, with studies suggesting that he has already determined to maneuver on from the Midlands membership when his contract expires.
Happily for Gerrard, he might have a ready-made substitute for the Brazilian in academy gem, Tim Iroegbunam.
Can Iroegbunam exchange Luiz?
The teenage midfielder broke into the primary crew final season, making his debut in opposition to Brighton, with an extra three senior Villa appearances to his identify since then.
The 19-year-old was subsequently despatched on mortgage to QPR for the season and has made 5 appearances for Michael Beale’s aspect within the Championship, serving to the Hoops to fourth place within the second tier.
It’s no shock that the previous Villa assistant wished to take Iroegbunam with him to QPR, as he was filled with reward for him final season, saying:
“He’s a high younger footballer and an excellent spectacular younger man additionally. A really shiny future forward.”
Gerrard additionally sang his praises after seeing him carry out for the academy aspect, saying:
“I went to look at him for the under-23s within the week (vs Norwich) and he began a little bit bit gradual and, clearly, obtained despatched off on the finish however within the center little bit of the sport, he was excellent and seemed like a Premier League participant. He’s one I’m excited to maintain creating and preserve sharpening up. He’s an important child, humble, and must preserve working.”
Subsequently, when Luiz leaves Villa, there appears little cause why Iroegbunam can’t step up as his substitute, particularly if he can go on to have a fruitful marketing campaign within the Championship this season.