Ray Parlour: What Sherwood will be thinking about the summer at Aston Villa

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has stressed the importance of Aston Villa keeping their best players.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he feels will be key for Aston Villa in terms of their progression.

Parlour also suggested that Villa striker Christian Benteke will be fully aware of the outside interest in him ahead of the summer, but needs to stay professional.

“He’ll (Tim Sherwood) be looking at things and thinking ‘for us to progress, we need to keep our best players’,” said Parlour.

“Benteke will be fully aware of the interest in him, but he needs to remember that he’s got a job to do for Aston Villa.”

Manager Tim Sherwood has been quoted by the Daily Mail, stating that he feels the Belgian forward would be too expensive for any side looking to poach him.

It’s a tactic designed to put sides off of moving for Benteke and hopefully to decrease the number of rumours relating to his future.

Should Villa get over the line and stay in the Premier League, it wouldn’t make any sense for them to then sell off their best assets.

They need to retain them, building on the current squad and making sensible additions, which allow the team to move on again next season.

Benteke’s performances over recent weeks, five goals in his last six games for the club, have shown how important he is to the attack of the team.

One step forward and two steps back is not a policy that Sherwood will want to apply to his position or the way he develops his squad.

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