Report: New Aston Villa manager Sherwood has already axed Cleverley and Westwood

Tom Cleverley

Tim Sherwood is reportedly set to axe Aston Villa midfielders Tom Cleverley and Ashley Westwood.

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is already wielding his axe within his first week as manager at Villa Park.

Sherwood is set to take charge of his first game as Villa boss against Stoke City today, having watched from the stands as his new side beat Leicester City 2-1 in the FA Cup last weekend.

Given that Villa have scored just 12 goals in 25 Premier League games this season, they lie in the relegation zone, and Sherwood has very little time to turn things around.

It seems that Sherwood is already making big moves to try and turn Villa's fortunes around, with The Telegraph reporting that two midfielders have already been dropped from the side.

They believe that Ashley Westwood has already been told that he won't even be a part of the squad to face Stoke, having been told by Sherwood that Villa need more height.

Additionally, they report that Tom Cleverley has been dropped to the bench, which suggests that Fabian Delph and Carlos Sanchez could start together in midfield.

Cleverley, 25, is on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United, but recent reports have suggested that he could join Everton on a free transfer this summer when his United contract expires.

If the reports are true, it appears that Sherwood has already laid down the gauntlet to Villa's players in a bid to generate some quickfire results.

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