Sherwood describes potential obstacle to Aston Villa's summer business

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he'll have to convince the club's owners to back him in the transfer market.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been quoted by the Daily Telegraph suggesting he will spend some cash over the summer if he can justify the spending to the club’s owners.

Sherwood has suggested that some new faces will help to freshen things up and lift spirits ahead of pre-season after a disappointing end to the season, despite the club’s survival in the Premier League.

“It freshens it up. The fans want to see new faces as well. We can spend if I can justify it to the owners,” he said.

“We need to improve and not be a relegation-fodder team which we have been and that will be difficult. You have to be realistic. You can’t do it overnight.”

Villa have a number of areas of their team, which Sherwood may consider changing but it’s also important that he reflects on the strengths in his squad.

Villa have one of the best strikers around in Christian Benteke if the club can keep hold of him and some very talented midfielders in the likes of Fabian Delph and Jack Grealish.

There are other central options through the middle of the team, but the squad does need new defenders with shortcomings in that area exposed by injuries over the last few months.

Ultimately, Sherwood needs to create a squad where the team loses none of its power and impact when a key player becomes unavailable.

Villa need to aim at becoming a mid-table team next season, which would be progression and if anyone can state his case in a positive way to get a deal commissioned by a club’s owners, it’s Tim Sherwood.

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