Report: Manager had to hold deep conversation with 24-year-old after Arsenal didn't sign him, he wanted to go
Although the transfer window closed last Thursday, the repercussions can last a lot longer than that.
Managers have to balance the needs of the club with the wants of their players.
One such example on deadline day was that of Douglas Luiz.
The Brazilian midfielder was identified as a late target by Arsenal to boost their midfield options.
Arsenal made several bids for the 24-year-old, but Villa rejected each of them.
Gerrard had deep conversation with Luiz
It’s been a tough start to the season for Gerrard on several fronts.
His side have only picked up four points from their first six matches.
He’s also lost new signing Diego Carlos to a horrific knee injury.
It appeared to work, as Gerrard threw Luiz into the starting line-up against Manchester City.
He helped the Villains secure a vital 1-1 draw against the Premier League champions.
The former Rangers manager will be hoping that Luiz can stay motivated to help Villa move up the table.
Gerrard will be hoping he doesn’t have to have another deep conversation with Luiz when the next transfer window rolls around.
Arsenal have identified several central midfield targets, including Youri Tielemans in the last few weeks.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal make another move for Luiz halfway through the season.
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