Sherwood is keen for the side to make the most of their natural assets as they look to keep a good run going after an impressive win against struggling Sunderland over the weekend.
“I want them to play on the front foot, show pace on the counter-attack. We’ve got a lot of pace here,” said Sherwood.
“I want to play with wide guys, I want them to work hard and want our defence to be responsible. We’ve done all of that.”
Pace is difficult for any side to deal with and as Sunderland showed, sometimes it can be tough to defend against a team which flies out of the traps with determination.
Switching up the play as Sherwood suggests is also important, because it makes the team difficult to predict and get the better of.
Villa have some momentum and they need to keep that going, which means playing to the natural key strengths which the squad has.
Sherwood’s aim at Villa over the remaining games is simple; keep the side up.
The time for experimenting and finding ways to develop the natural strengths of the side will come in the summer, when the pressure is off and when the boss has the chance to make signings.
Sherwood will want to create a situation where the side is never in a similar position again and that means cashing in with a quick and talented side in every game.