Keown: Don’t be surprised to see Tim Sherwood appoint former Spurs teammate

Les Ferdinand has been touted to join Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa.

Former Arsenal defender and current pundit Martin Keown believes Tim Sherwood needs a calming figure like Les Ferdinand by his side at Aston Villa, the Daily Mail report.

The duo worked together to great avail during Sherwood’s stint as Tottenham Hotspur boss, Ferdinand initially coaching the strikers but proving to be a valuable voice in the dressing room.

It’s an area which has been questioned in recent weeks as Sherwood looks to guide his new Villa side safely away from the relegation zone.

His record of two wins and one draw from seven Premier League fixtures show improvement, but there remains doubts over his over exuberant approach and how it rubs off on his players.

Ahead of the Villans trip to Spurs and Sherwood’s former stomping ground, BBC pundit Martin Keown feels he lacks a cool head by his side and wouldn’t be surprised to him reunited with Les Ferdinand.

“Sherwood’s emotional style can be great for a player — his antics on the touchline prove how much it means to him — but it has its drawbacks,” Keown wrote in his blog for the Daily Mail.

“He is never afraid to tell his players what he thinks of them. There’s no doubt he’s talented but he has to be careful not to let his emotions get the better of him.”

“Les Ferdinand told me when they worked together at Spurs, Tim needed a calming influence alongside him, as long as it was a peer he could respect. Les was the perfect foil.”

“Don’t be surprised if Sherwood appoints someone like Ferdinand at Villa.”

Does Tim Sherwood need an older, calmer figure by his side?

During his short managerial reign, Sherwood has proved that he has the credentials to be a Premier League boss, but there is little denying he still lacks experience.

At 46-years-old, he’s still relative young to be a top flight head coach and fellow younger, animated managers have experienced mixed results amid the strains of Premier League football.

Ferdinand is currently the Director of Football at his former club Queens Park Rangers, but a likely relegation could prompt him to reunite with his former teammate at Villa Park.

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