Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has sat down with Marvelous Nakamba, Morgan Sanson and Frederic Guilbert at Bodymoor Heath given the trio’s frustrations at their lack of opportunities this season.
According BirminghamLive, Gerrard had given the trio the green light to secure moves away from the club on deadline day but transfers failed to materialise.
The former Rangers coach said he has to keep his fringe players motivated given the closure of the summer transfer window in England. He said:
First and foremost in football you have to motivate yourself. But in terms of the collective, I try to motivate the players for every single game. But you’ve got to be professional, that’s what you’re paid to be.
Nothing can change as of now, the window’s shut so there should be a hunger and a will to want to perform and do the best they can.
They are contracted here to Aston Villa and I’ll certainly get a feel of all those players of where they are at with their thinking, with what they tell me and the feedback I get and we’ll go from there.
There are obviously a few players who I assume would have liked, or had the opportunity to go elsewhere, like Morgan Sanson, or Nakamba for example.
It is important I have a chat with all these players face-to-face. But they are very much human beings with feelings. You have to understand everyone’s situation.
That is the issue the window brings for a lot of managers and a lot of clubs when it is five or six games into a season.
This is the reason I think collectively managers would like it to finish before the first game of the season because it can affect how people feel at different times.
Nakamba and Guilbert could still secure moves away in the coming days and weeks as the transfer windows are still open in some European leagues.
Transfer window deadlines in some European countries are as follows: Belgium (September 6), Turkey (September 8), Czech Republic (September 8), Portugal (September 22) and Greece (September 22).