Five Aston Villa players performing above average since Sherwood became manager

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has had a positive impact on several players since he took over.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has stressed the need for a positive attitude and mentality ever since he took over at Villa Park.

Confidence was low when Sherwood took over at the club, but he’s worked hard to turn things around and the side recently secured three straight wins before the game against Swansea last weekend.

There is evidence in the stats to suggest that the manager has already had a direct impact on several key players, with some performing above the Premier League average in key areas under his guidance.

  PositionTeamDuels Won Per GameAppearancesMins Played
Fabian Delph MF Aston Villa 5.6 (4.22) 5 450
  PositionTeamInterceptions Won Per GameAppearancesMins Played
Jores Okore DF Aston Villa 3 (1.11) 4 360
  PositionTeamBig Chances Created Per GameAppearancesMins Played
Ashley Westwood MF Aston Villa 0.33 (0.08) 3 202
  PositionTeamAccurate Crosses Per GameAppearancesMins Played
Leandro Bacuna DF Aston Villa 0.75 (0.33) 4 201
  PositionTeamAccurate Passes Per GameAppearancesMins Played
Tom Cleverley MF Aston Villa 33.5 (25.6) 4 282

Fabian Delph is competitive in terms of duels won, Jores Okore is doing well in terms of interceptions, Ashley Westwood has become a source of creativity, Leandro Bacuna is above average in terms of crossing and Tom Cleverly is above average in terms of accurate passing.

What the stats show is that Sherwood is having a positive effect on all areas. He was a midfielder during his playing days so you would expect an impact on that area but he’s also got the back four playing more effectively.

His job will now be to get other players in other areas playing well and above the Premier League average, which should help Villa’s chances of staying up.

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