Who should Tim Sherwood retain at Aston Villa?

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Eight players are out of contract this summer as Sherwood looks to remodel the Villa team.

As Villa seek to confirm their Premier League status for next year, Tim Sherwood will also be looking at which players he wishes to keep for next year's campaign as the Villans look to improve their fortunes.

Eight players are out of contract at Villa Park next summer including skipper Ron Vlaar, misfit striker Darren Bent and Australian Chris Herd. Tom Cleverley and Scott Sinclair's loan deals also elapse with both players ready to move to B6 from their respective Manchester clubs.

Here are three players that we think Tim Sherwood should retain.

1) Scott Sinclair

Sinclair has had something of a nomadic existence in football over the last few years with loan spells at both of Villa's neighbours Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion, and he has failed to nail down a first team place at the Etihad Stadium. He's needed a run of continuous games and has shown at Villa Park he can contribute well at Premier League level given the opportunity.

With a year left on his deal at Manchester City, it will come down to some sort of negotiation whether he can make the switch to Villa permanent, but with it seemingly obvious he has no future with Manuel Pellegrini it would seem logical that the Citizens will let him go.

2) Lewis Kinsella

Kinsella has yet to make his bow for Aston Villa and indeed won't do so this season having departed for Luton Town on loan on deadline day. That being said, the 20-year-old has shown promise for Villa in the NextGen series and has been in the squad in recent weeks due to injuries to players like Kieran Richardson.

No doubt Sherwood will be watching the Watford-born left-back to see what impact he has with John Still's side in League Two and how he can cope with the physicality of the football in that division. If he can prove his worth at that level there is every chance he will be offered a new deal to make the grade at Villa Park

3) Tom Cleverley

It's been a tough few years for the England midfielder. Openly criticised on social media while at Manchester United and with England, Cleverley made the move to Villa Park to prove himself in the Premier League as someone who is capable of marshalling a team.

With his Manchester United contract coming to an end at the close of the season, Cleverley will be available on a Bosman free transfer and it's possible that as a result his wage demands which scuppered a permanent £8 million transfer to Villa Park last season will become more agreeable - particularly as there will be no fee involved.

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