By Danny Mills

18th Nov, 2021 | 9:00pm

Mills verdict on Gerrard making 'wholesale' Aston Villa changes after reveal today

Danny Mills has suggested Steven Gerrard would have likely held talks with the Aston Villa players returning from international duty this afternoon.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender claimed Gerrard will keep faith in the players that started against Southampton and will them to show why they deserve to be in the team.

The new Villa boss confirmed in his unveiling today (November 18) he was set to meet those who had been on international duty later that afternoon.

He also insisted he will put his “own stamp” on the style of play.

Asked whether that could see major changes to the starting XI against Brighton this weekend, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think it’s unlikely.

“You want to go into that first-game solid, you’ve got to build a decent foundation. There may be a couple of changes at most, I would have thought.

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“He will probably say to the players look ‘You played the last game, I’ve not been here too long, go out and show me why you deserve to wear this shirt’.

“There might be one or two changes but I can’t see them being wholesale changes.

“A lot of the players have been away on international duty and the new management team need to find the way, they’ve got to work them out. The players have also got to work him out. That’s obviously a process that they have to go through.”

Villa are in the middle of a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats.

A loss against Brighton could see the Midlands giants drop into the relegation zone.

In other news, Dean Smith is plotting to lure an Aston Villa loanee to Norwich City in January.