Photo: Sherwood spotted at League One game; potentially watching Massimo Luongo?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood may have been scouting a new signing on Tuesday night.

As reported by BBC Radio Manchester, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood travelled to Spotland on Tuesday night to watch Rochdale against Swindon Town in League One.

Swindon ran out comfortable 4-1 winners on the night, with midfielder Ben Gladwin hitting a first-half hat-trick to keep the Robins' hopes of automatic promotion alive.

One interested spectator was Villa boss Sherwood, who was seen in the crowd at Spotland, as posted on Twitter by BBC Radio Manchester.

The Villa manager will be preparing for this weekend's FA Cup FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, but may have also been taking the time out to scout potential summer signings.

The natural assumption will be to link Villa with a move to sign Swindon playmaker Massimo Luongo, who has been Mark Cooper's star player this season.

The Australian international, 22, has scored six goals from midfield this season, and even won the Player of the Tournament award at this year's Asian Cup.

A technically-gifted midfielder, Luongo's future lies at a much higher level than League One, and he would be able to give Villa a creative spark in midfield - something they have lacked this season.

Most interestingly though, Luongo was on the books at Tottenham Hotspur - at the same time Sherwood was coaching at White Hart Lane.

Sherwood will be familiar with what Luongo can do, but may have been checking to see just how much he has developed since leaving North London.

The answer is 'a lot', and if Swindon miss out on promotion to the Championship, they have next to no chance of keeping Luongo - and it would be no surprise to see Villa at the front of the queue for his signature.

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