Aston Villa are, if reports are to be believed, interested in signing midfielder Kevin Stewart from Liverpool.
The 23-year-old joined the Reds in 2014 after being released from Tottenham and has gone on to make a handful of appearances in the first team.
Understandably, a lot of Villa fans don’t know too much about him but we thought we’d find out more by speaking to Liverpool fan Ste Hoare (@SteHoare).
Here’s what he had to say:
So, Ste, tell us what type of player Kevin Stewart is?
He’s a defensive midfielder who sits in front of the back four and keeps things pretty simple. When he’s played for us in cup games, he’s been tasked with sitting in whilst our full-backs push forward.
Does he offer much threat in an attacking sense?
Honestly, no, not really. He tends to keep things very simple, often passing the ball off to his midfield partner or his full-backs. He did play a lovely ball to set up a Liverpool goal in the pre-season friendly against Barcelona at Wembley, but other than that, he’s not done much in an attacking sense,
Liverpool gave him a new contract up until 2020, so why are they selling him?
I think the new contract was simply to make sure that we got a decent fee when he left. He’s being sold because he’s nowhere near our first team at the minute and he’ll probably go further down the pecking order as Liverpool should be making additions in the summer. Also, he’s 23 now, he needs to go and build himself a career.
The reported asking price is around £10million, does that seem fair to you?
In truth, I think that’s a bit high for a player who has hardly played for us, but the market is crazy these days. We sold Brad Smith to Bournemouth for £6million last summer, that range seems like a fairer price to me.
Do you think he’d do well in the Championship?
He’d do his job, it’s as simple as that. If you need someone to protect the back four and allow your creative players the freedom to attack, then he’d be fine. Asking him to do much more would, in my opinion, be a mistake.
Any other positives we should be aware of?
Stewart is comfortable playing at full-back and in defence if needs be, so his versatility would be a boost for Steve Bruce if Villa do sign him. He’s also very, very hard-working and I know from some conversations with people at Liverpool’s academy that he’s a model professional who keeps his nose clean, which isn’t always the case with young players.