Sherwood: I'd rather drop players than use them out of position

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has explained why high profiles at the club aren't guaranteed a start in any position.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail he’d rather upset a high profile player than use him out of position.

Sherwood has suggested that he will never look to use an Aston Villa player outside of his natural role, unless he has no other choice.

Sherwood has shown that he can get the best out of his players in their main positions, while encouraging them to perform when injuries and suspensions have meant they’ve been needed to cover elsewhere.

“I don’t put square pegs in round holes. I don’t believe in that. I'd rather leave them out and bring someone else in who can do a job,” said the boss.

“Unless it’s a needs must situation like Matty Lowton who came in at left-back back when he’s a right back because we needed him.”

The Villa boss does not seem ready to make the mistake, which has been made by plenty of other teams this season.

Tottenham Hotspur have been guilty of using Christian Eriksen out of position in their midfield, while Liverpool have used Raheem Sterling as a right wing-back at times this season.

The effect of Sherwood’s policy is that players, regardless of their profile, will be shown confidence if they perform consistently in their position.

A fringe player in the first team squad or a youngster coming up through the ranks, can be confident that they will get a chance, ahead of a high profile teammate, if they buy into the enthusiastic philosophy that Sherwood has developed.

The manager’s job is firstly to keep the side up and then to improve all of his options in key positions during the summer transfer window.

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