Is Sherwood planning to build his attacking strategy around the wrong man?

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has already spoken of how important Christian Benteke is to the side.

New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has already hinted that he will devise his attacking strategy around the strengths of Christian Benteke, but he could be picking the wrong man to structure his team around.

Although Benteke is unquestionably a talented forward, who can be one of the best marksmen in the Premier League on his day, he is out of form and Sherwood may find the team are better served focusing on Carles Gil

The Spanish attacking midfielder has made an excellent impression in his first few games in English football and looks to be the style of player that Villa have been desperately lacking so far this campaign. 

Gil has wonderful technical ability and Sherwood may find that Villa's attack would look more threatening with the 23-year-old as the focal point. 

Sherwood has made no secret of the fact that his initial strategy won't be his long-term one, with his comments to the Guardian suggesting that results will be more important than style until the end of the season.

However, there is a way that he can encourage both, but that will require him placing his trust in Gil's talents. 

Whilst Benteke's power will be an important feature of Villa's attack, regardless of who they focus it around, it does seem that they are limiting their options by basing their play around hitting direct balls up to the Belgian striker and playing off him. 

Instead, by focusing on finding Gil regularly, they will have the option of using his passing ability to unlock doors in a number of ways. 

It means that Villa's attack would be far less predictable and, although Sherwood does need to increase Benteke's effectiveness, that may make them a more threatening offensive force than the target man can be by himself. 

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