Aston Villa have stuttered their approach via the Premier League season thus far, successful simply twice as Steven Gerrard’s goal of main them to a European spot seems to be diminishing with every passing match.
The 42-year-old hasn’t been helped with accidents, with summer season arrival Diego Carlos doubtlessly lacking the vast majority of the marketing campaign attributable to an harm he suffered in opposition to Everton in simply their second match of the season.
Villa have conceded ten objectives in eight matches, which is a decent report in comparison with some within the top-flight, nevertheless having one other strong centre-back alongside Tyrone Mings would assist significantly.
A David O’Leary signing from 2004 would definitely bolster the Villa backline…
Martin Laursen would remedy Gerrard’s problem
Laursen signed for the Midlands aspect in the summertime of 2004 from AC Milan for a price of £3m. The Danish defender had struggled for sport time in Serie A, that includes simply 19 instances throughout the 2003/2004 season as legendary pairing Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini stored him out of the staff.
Having received the Champions League, Coppa Italia, and a Scudetto with Milan, Villa managed to tug off a masterstroke engaging him to the Premier League.
His first few seasons had been ravaged by harm, as he made simply 28 appearances in three years. In 2007/2008 nevertheless, Laursen performed in each league match, additionally including in six objectives as Villa completed the marketing campaign in 6th place, with the Dane taking part in an integral half of their success.
The membership completed in the identical place the season after, with Laursen once more taking part in a outstanding function, though not as a lot because the yr earlier than. 19 league appearances had been pretty much as good because it acquired for the Dane and it was to be his ultimate season in England.
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At simply 31, he retired from soccer following a knee harm and Gerrard might solely want to have a centre-back like him at Villa simply now.
Laursen continues to be extremely regarded on the membership, with the official Aston Villa Twitter account recurrently posting movies of the defender and referring to him as a “legend” regardless of that includes simply 91 instances for the membership, the vast majority of supporters will acknowledge him as such.
With Carlos out injured, Gerrard would get pleasure from having a chief Laursen marshalling the Villa defence for the remainder of the season, that’s for certain.