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EPL: Gerrard orders scouts to find him new left-back to replace Matt Targett

Aston Villa new boss Steven Gerard

Steven Gerrard has told his scouts to find him a top left-back.

The new boss studied Aston Villa before taking charge and thinks it is a top priority to land a leading ‘No 3’.

Matt Targett, 26, has held the slot but Villa are hurriedly looking and Gerrard has the cash to spend.

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He had Borna Barisic at old club Rangers but his net is being cast in the Premier League and Europe.

On Saturday, Gerrard launched his Villa reign with a victory after late goals from Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings killed off Brighton 2-0.

Watkins raced onto sub-Ashley Young’s pass and cut past Shane Duffy and Yves Bissouma before smashing his shot past keeper Jason Steele.

Gerrard fist pumped in delight outside of his technical area at the 84th-minute opener.

Then four minutes later Adam Webster’s clearance fell into the path of Mings who made no mistake from 10 yards out and it was cue for more celebrations from Gerrard.

It ended Villa’s five game losing streak.

Former Rangers chief Gerrard was given a rousing reception by the Holte End before taking his place in the dug-out two weeks after Dean Smith’s sacking.

Villa’s owners are thirsting for success and a return to European football.

And Gerrard is the club’s 13th permanent manager this century.

The ex-Liverpool star reckons a new left-back could help propel them back to the top of the English game.

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