The former Reds striker is eager to see Sheyi Ojo given a starting chance in the Premier League.
Tottenham are reportedly pursuing Leicester City ace Riyad Mahrez.
The Sunderland boss was manager of Newcastle United for seven months.
The Villa youngster, who has been linked with a move away from the club, has cast doubt over whether he will be in the squad this weekend.
The senior pair make their long-awaited returns from injury against Newcastle on Friday night.
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The ex-Spurs goalkeeper says his former side have shown that they are now the biggest club in London.
The former Leeds United pair have joined Tadcaster Albion on short-term deals.
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The winger has missed most of the campaign with a series of injuries.