Tim Sherwood: The mistake Aston Villa can't make with young players

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has suggested his club cannot make the mistake of rewarding younger players before they have proven themselves.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood explained on talkSPORT he feels it’s important the club’s younger players achieve something before they are rewarded.

Sherwood explained the process he goes through and the questions he asks himself, as he decides whether a young player is ready to make the step up and perform at the top level.

Using and developing youth was a key part of his brief reign at Tottenham Hotspur, with evidence of the same already being used and deployed at Villa Park.

“I think we are (Premier League over cautious with youngsters) but I’ve come from that background with development. I always look at the boys and see who’s good enough, who’s got the right mentality to step up, which is crucial,” said Sherwood.

“It’s important the clubs don’t give these kids too much too early – wait until they get on the pitch and achieve something before you start rewarding them.”

Sherwood is not the sort of manager who will throw a younger player into the team for the sake of doing so.

That shows his more caring side and a willingness to protect young individuals from the harsh and intense criticism, which can be levelled at them if they are introduced into a Premier League team early.

There are some great examples of youngsters in the Aston Villa squad who can act as inspiration for others around them, with Jack Grealish being one of the most obvious after his brilliant performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool last weekend.

Sherwood is a very clever manager who is simply making more of a system, which is integral at any club.

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