Steven Gerrard sets ambitious Aston Villa 22/23 season target

Aston Villa boss has already begun telling his players that his aim for the upcoming Premier League season is to become the best of the rest in the Premier League.

Villa invested heavily in their side last summer, with Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emiliano Buendia, but could not improve on their positioning from the 20/21 campaign, finishing a lowly 14th place, behind newly promoted Brentford and midlands rivals Wolves.

Now, however, they have strengthened once more, adding five new faces to their squad with just under a month until the new season kicks off.

Boubacar Kamara has joined on a free transfer, while Sevilla pair Diego Carlos and Ludwig Augustinsson have made the switch to the midlands and Philippe Coutinho and Robin Olsen have also arrived at the club.

Philippe Coutinho will likely start against Leeds

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 15: Philippe Coutinho of Aston Villa applauds the fans following the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on January 15, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Gerrard sets high bar

Now, following the hefty investment for a second successive summer, The Athletic report that the new target for Steven Gerrard and the Villians is to finish behind the traditional top six, as the ‘best of the rest’ this season.

‘Manager Steven Gerrard has already told some key players that finishing in the top seven is the aim for 2022-23’, they report.

This will require a significant improvement from the midlands outfit on last season, though they are expected to continue to recruit this summer, with a central midfielder on the agenda.

However, with at least the top 4 seemingly set and Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham all having strengthened their sides this summer, it may be an uphill battle.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0
2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11


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