Aston Villa are set to approach Rangers over a move for Steven Gerrard, with, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez a realistic alternative, according to The Telegraph.
The Lowdown: Martinez’s upcoming UK trip
The 48-year-old is due in the UK next week with his Belgium side due to take on Wales in a World Cup qualifier.
Sources have suggested that Martinez is keen to return to the Premier League, with the boss, labelled as ‘outstanding’ by Alex McLeish in October, recently linked with the Newcastle United position before Eddie Howe’s appointment.
If you had to choose, Martinez or Gerrard?
The Latest: Percy’s claim
John Percy shared a story on The Telegraph on Tuesday evening, suggesting Villa were set to launch an official move for Gerrard, who is keen to replace Dean Smith in the Midlands.
Within the story, they suggested that Martinez is thought to be a ‘realistic alternative’, should a move for Gerrard fall through.
The Verdict: A risky alternative?
Martinez has worked with some of the best players in the world during his time with Belgium, including the likes of three-time Premier League winner Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea goal-machine Romelu Lukaku, however, he has failed to reach a major tournament final, taking them to a 2018 World Cup semi-final and a Euro 2020 quarter-final.
He does have plenty of Premier League experience under his belt, 265 games in fact, with his last position in England coming with Everton following time with Wigan Athletic.
On that basis, Villa may well be better off looking at other alternatives to Gerrard instead of placing a boss who hasn’t exactly set the league alight during his previous stints in England on their list of contingency plans.
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