The point Sherwood proved by making this brave decision against WBA

Aston Villa manager showed how much he faith he has in youngsters by bringing on Jack Grealish against West Bromwich Albion last night.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is already putting his trust in youth after bringing on Jack Grealish against West Bromwich Albion last night.

Grealish was brought on against the Baggies on the hour mark and it was a very brave decision from Sherwood.

Many managers would have backed away from bringing on such an inexperienced youngster in a game of such magnitude, but Sherwood has never been one to shy away from a challenge.

The 46-year-old is widely credited with aiding the development of Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb at his previous club, Tottenham Hotspur, and it seems that he is hoping to have a similar impact on Villa's most promising youngsters during his time in charge.

To bring on Grealish was a bold call, which could have backfired if Villa did not manage to get the three points against their near neighbours.

Grealish entered the match at a crucial stage, with Villa leading 1-0 in their most important game of the season -evidence of the faith that Sherwood has in him.

It turned out to be a good decision, too, as the academy graduate played a role in helping Villa get the victory.

West Brom equalised only minutes after Grealish came onto the pitch, but the youngster put in an impressive cameo to put the visitors on the back foot again.

In the end it proved crucial, as the pressure told and Christian Benteke scored a late winner from the penalty spot to send Villa Park into delirium.

It was a huge goal for Villa as it put them clear of the relegation zone with 10 games left to play this season.

Grealish will be hoping that he has a chance to do his bit for the side during the run-in, and he will be buoyed by his new manager's bravery - having had to wait much of the season for someone to show faith in him.

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