The two clubs face-off this weekend.
He explained: "Gabby reminds me of our own Aaron Lennon because he is so direct. He always plays on the defender's shoulder and then, suddenly, he's away.
"James Milner is another player who's having a great season. He has strength and pace and the lads say he is so professional. Then there's Emile Heskey, who's getting a few goals again now. He's a real handful.
"And I'm a fan of Stewart Downing. He's coming back from injury and will be a danger wide on the flanks just like Ashley.
"That's why I believe Villa will be right up there, right until the end of the season. But I truly believe we have a great opportunity. We have a squad full of international players and a winning mentality."