Lawrenson says the potential appointment reminds him of Pepe Mel's at West Brom.
The Villans are currently on the hunt for a new manager, having sacked Tim Sherwood following a disastrous start to the season.
A number of names have been pinpointed as potential replacements for Sherwood at Villa Park, with David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Nigel Pearson, as well as several others all being linked so far.
The favourite though, appears to be former Lyon manager Remi Garde, but Lawrenson says that would be a gamble with the future and Moyes is the man they should go for.
“Aston Villa going for Remi Garde is a gamble with the future,” he told BBC Sport.
“It reminds me of Pepe Mel at West Brom. If it was me, I'd go for David Moyes. Why take a chance on someone who has never managed in the Premier League?”
Given that Garde has no experience in the Premier League, it does seem to be a strange potential appointment for Aston Villa given their current predicament.
As Lawrenson alludes to, right now the side needs to secure someone that can guarantee them Premier League survival. It is something their relegation rivals have already moved to do, with Sunderland bringing in Sam Allardyce for that very reason.
In that regard then, David Moyes is an ideal option, with him knowing how to work in England, and more importantly work on a small budget, as he did during his tenure at Everton.