Johan Lange has told Birmingham Live he is yet to discuss the January transfer window with Steven Gerrard, as the former Rangers boss needs time to get settled in at Aston Villa.
The Villans appointed Gerrard as Dean Smith’s replacement last Thursday on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He takes over with the club only two-points above the relegation zone.
Gerrard’s first task as Aston Villa manager will be to steer the Villa Park outfit clear of the bottom three. But starts with a tricky meeting at home to high-flying Brighton on Saturday.
Sporting Director Lange believes Gerrard will need more games for him to run the rule over his Aston Villa squad. The England legend has barely got his feet under the desk since replacing Smith. So, discussions over transfers are a little way off for the pair yet.
“I think it’s too soon,” Lange noted. “What we will promise is in the background we’ll have private conversations and, as I said, we’re always striving to be better in every department.
“I think it’s very important that we analyse the current squad we’ve got, and we need more training time with the team and the squad. We need to face more challenges in terms of games, and then we can pick it up from there.”
Lange: Aston Villa always looking to improve in transfer windows
While Lange and Gerrard are yet to discuss transfers until he has had sufficient time to run the rule at Villa Park, the Aston Villa chief feels they will be prepared for the January sales.
“I think we’re always working every day of the year to identify players with the potential of coming in to strengthen Aston Villa,” Lange said. “Steven had two sessions during this week and half of the squad have been unavailable and we haven’t had a match yet.
“So, we will work closely together over the next six-weeks to analyse the situation. We will be well prepared, as we always are, if we find it is relevant to go into the market.”
Reports have already linked Aston Villa with several players that Gerrard could look to sign in the January transfer window.
Suggesting Aston Villa’s current central midfielders and left-back options need to impress Gerrard before he sits down with Lange to discuss how they will pursue January transfers.