Keane has criticised Aston Villa’s current squad, suggesting they are ‘drifting’ in terms of the way they view their current status and quality.
“There seems to be the attitude, “We’re not going to be challenging, but we’re probably good enough to stay up”. It’s like drifting. It’s a tired club, a tired brand,” he said.
The energy and enthusiasm, which has been pumped into the club by manager Tim Sherwood would certainly suggest that Keane has got it wrong over his assessment of the current mentality of the team.
Sherwood has been very open and honest about the fight the club currently find themselves in and if any of his players aren’t fully committed to achieving everything they can, they simply won’t be in the team.
In terms of Aston Villa being a tired club, there’s every reason for the club’s fans to be optimistic about the future, but it depends on the club staying up.
If Villa stay in the top flight, Sherwood will go all out to ensure the club doesn’t end up back in a similar position quickly.
There’s also the small matter of the FA Cup final against Arsenal where the squad won’t be remotely complacent or lethargic in the manner that Keane suggests.
Staying up and winning the FA Cup will give the club plenty to look forward to as the players go away on holiday and Sherwood starts work on who he’ll bring in over the summer.