Sherwood has had a good impact at the club so far, but Bacuna suggests that he’s not changed and toyed around with things as much as many may think, implementing smaller subtle and clever changes.
“Small things have been changed and that’s good for the team. We’re more confident now,” he said.
“If it’s not going well then sometimes people can hide but if you have confidence you can take on anything.”
Sherwood is a very enthusiastic, passionate and charismatic manager who gives off the impression that he likes to take control of several areas and make big changes.
However, he’s been clever by simply working hard to ensure that his players have more confidence all over the squad.
His biggest asset is the way he affects the mentality of players, perfectly demonstrated by the half-time team talk he gave in the FA Cup game against Leicester (before he'd officially taken over) where he had no direct control of what was happening on the pitch.
There was perhaps a notion of fear of failure setting into the team under Paul Lambert, but Sherwood has encouraged the players to utilise their strengths and not be afraid to take risks.
If Villa had sat back in matches looking to pick off their opposition and survive in the Premier League that way, they would have more than likely gone down.
Sherwood needed to try and do something different, with the greater confidence in players allowing them to take on a new tactical system and to try and different things.