Ian Wright has stated that Steven Gerrard will ‘sort out’ Aston Villa’s big-money signing Emiliano Buendia for previously throwing his toys out of the pram, as he told the Kelly & Wrighty Show on PL Productions (18/11/21 at 12:25 pm).
The former striker made reference to a game against Arsenal where Buendia expressed his displeasure at going off and Wright stated that the playmaker hasn’t been at Villa long enough to act in such a manner.
It has been a mixed start to life in the Midlands for Buendia, and whilst there isn’t concern yet, he now needs to start showcasing the performances to lift this struggling Villa team.
It doesn’t help when he’s going away on for international matches (the first one), when the club shouldn’t have allowed him, which then means he misses the next few games.
Then when he was in the side, he is either playing in an awkward formation, or being put into midfield, then playing out on the right again, back into midfield and by then he’s doing the Hokey Pokey.
Either way, Wright thinks Gerrard will demand more from the former Norwich man, including boosting his numbers from an attacking perspective.
“Arsenal were in for him, for his creative ability,” said Wright. “Firstly, you want goals. But, at the least, you want the creativity which I haven’t seen from him.
“I saw him recently get taken off and storm down the tunnel. I thought ‘you haven’t been at the club long enough to be acting like that’.
“This is the kind of person Stevie G, he should say to him, ‘I want at least ten goals out of you and I want assists on a game basis. You should be creating chances for my team’.
“Like I said, when I saw him coming off, I thought ‘you need someone to pull you back in line’. He has come here for big-money to be a big player at this club and he’s not doing it. And you are storming down the tunnel. Stevie will sort him out.”
Gerrard was the king of producing the goods during pressure moments and firing in those goals from midfield.
The likes of Buendia, Jacob Ramsey and John McGinn, to name a few, will be rubbing their hands at the thought of working with the legendary midfielder.
He will no doubt demand more goals from them and the important thing is that the quality is there for them to match what he wants.
But putting three points on the board against Brighton on Saturday is the first act of this new play that is set to be played out at Villa Park.