The Villa boss has claimed that if he’d been in charge with this squad of players at the start of the season, they would be in a better position than they are at the moment and he’s also suggested that the youngsters in his team are going to be key next season.
“I’ve got faith. If we never change one player we wouldn’t be in the relegation zone. I don’t think it is always about spending money and throwing money at it,” said Sherwood.
“It’s about improving the players that you have in the squad. A lot of these guys are only young.”
“It is still early days and we need to assess them but that’s the idea – bring your own through.”
Sherwood faces a big challenge at the end of the season because he’ll be tasked with trying to ensure that the side is in a good position at the start of the next campaign, to ensure there is no repeat of the struggles the side have just been through.
Developing younger players over investing in the transfer market is clever for a number of reasons.
It will give Sherwood a sustainable supply line of players and will also act as inspiration for any youngster coming up through the youth ranks of the club.
It sends the right message; work hard and you will be rewarded with a chance in the first team.
It would be naïve of Sherwood to ignore the transfer market completely, but he certainly doesn’t seem like the sort of boss who will make changes for the sake of doing so if he’s already got good options.