Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been quoted by the Daily Star explaining why he’s allowed Joe Cole to talk to the rest of the squad in the dressing room.
Cole has been battling against hamstring problems for most of the season, but Sherwood has explained how he’s still having a positive impact around the club.
“He's good around the place. He's been at every game, certainly the home games,” said Sherwood.
“He's been in the dressing room before the game, talking to the players. We've got a relatively young squad so he's valuable to me.”
Sherwood recently admitted that he would never prevent experienced and former players from helping him out in the job at Villa Park and that appears to be precisely the case in this instance.
Cole has experienced the highs and lows of Premier League seasons in the past and he has also been in a similar position to the youngsters currently in the Aston Villa first team.
What Cole says to Aston Villa’s players is something that only he can confirm, but it’s likely to echo the energy and positivity which Sherwood is trying to create around the side at the moment.
Villa have a very difficult match against Manchester United when the international break is over and the team will need all of the experience possible to try and get through that game and to react in the right way if it doesn’t go as planned.