Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell has reacted to Aston Villa’s reported interest in Luis Suarez, according to Football Insider.
The truth: leaving?
Villa have already signed two new players in Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos, while making the loans of Phillipe Coutinho and Robin Olsen permanent.
Next on Steven Gerrard’s wishlist could be an attacking signing, with Suarez being considered by Villa, according to The Athletic.
The Uruguayan – who played alongside the 42-year-old at Liverpool, scoring 69 goals in 110 Premier League games – is a free agent after being released by Atletico Madrid. However, according to the BBC Phil McNultythe 35-year-old ‘won’t come to Villa Park’.
The latest: Campbell’s comments on Suarez
Campbell, who previously played for Arsenal and Everton and now contributes to Sky Sports, spoke to Football Insider about Villa and Suarez.
He can still see a move to the Midlands materialize despite McNulty’s update, saying the ‘striker’s instinct is still there’.
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However, Campbell had reservations about Suarez’s veteran status, saying:
“Look, he hasn’t got the legs and he’s not the player he once was.
“But I’ll tell you one thing, if you create chances for him, he’ll take them. That instinct is still there.
“He doesn’t have that fitness anymore, that sharpness that he used to have, that hard effort, but he’s still a schemer.
“A few seasons ago when they won La Liga he was the best man, the top scorer. It just shows he knows where the goal is.
“Villa create a lot of chances, that’s one thing they do.
“Can I see it happening? Yes, I could see it happening. A few seasons with Suarez in and around the team, I think it would be a good team for Villa.
The verdict: Watkins and Ings aren’t going anywhere yet
Villa’s two senior strikers, Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings, have been linked with summer exits in recent weeks. However, with no immediate sign of the arrival of another centre-forward – particularly Suarez – it may be wise to keep hold of the pair over the next few weeks before giving the go-ahead for any sell-offs. potential.
Gerrard could still end up landing a star striker ahead of his first full season in charge in the Midlands, which could then turn things around for Watkins and Ings. However, with the Villa manager’s success in a system using two centre-forwards, it would be wise to keep them for now, especially after this Suarez transfer move.
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