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Aston Villa interested in signing Georginio Wijnaldum: What can he offer Steven Gerrard?

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Georginio Wijnaldum has been linked with a move to Aston Villa. Alex McLeish is of the belief that Wijanldum will pounce on the opportunity for a move to Aston Villa. Wijnaldum has failed to get regular game time at Paris-Saint Germain following a move from Liverpool. He signed a four-year contract with the French club but has started only 14 league games.

Wijnaldum is likely to leave PSG after spending just one year in the French capital. He is tempted by a move to the Premier League and Aston Villa remains interested in the Dutchman. The 31-year-old had a very impressive career at Liverpool where he scored a lot of important goals and dominated the midfield. Many expected him to do the same at PSG but he failed to replicate his performances.

Steven Gerrard has improved Aston Villa since he has joined the Lions. The club has made some really good signings which may not have been possible if Gerrard was not the manager. Gerrard is clearly trying to improve the overall quality of their squad. Signing Wijandlum will surely help Gerrard’s objective and will also give Gerrard some depth in his squad.

Aston Villa currently doesn’t have a box-to-box midfielder like Wijnaldum’s quality. He will most certainly be a starter for most of the games. However, since he has not played on a regular basis this season, he may take some time to get adjusted to a new club.

How can Georginio Wijnaldum fit in at Aston Villa?

Georginio Wijnaldum is not the type of midfielder who plays defense splitting passes or creates a number of chances for his teammates. Instead, he is a player who is vital defensively for his team with his physical presence. He covers spaces that are left behind by the attacking full-backs and also provides cover in the center of the pitch.

Wijnaldum has an immense amount of stamina with very good concentration on the game. He can play as a defensive midfielder or also as a box-to-box midfielder. The Dutchman makes brilliant late runs into the box which can hurt teams a lot. His stamina allows him to run throughout the game and that can be a headache for other players to handle.

Georginio Wijnaldum could allow other players to attack more freely. Lucas Digne and Matty Cash could attack more and express themselves knowing that Wijnaldum will cover for him at the back. With Wijnaldum at their side, Aston Villa are capable of causing upsets in the Premier League by defeating the bigger clubs.

PSG are asking for £21 million from Aston Villa which could be a bargain for such a high-quality player. The 31-year-old is still capable of performing at the highest level for three or more years. Aston Villa could achieve a lot while Wijnaldum is playing for the Lions. The Dutchman must be aware of what an impact Gerrard has had on the club and should get excited to unite with the Liverpool legend.

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