Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has outlined a challenge facing Tim Sherwood this summer.
Bosnich has suggested that his old side can’t rely on the start of next season being any different to the last campaign, as they look to put some distance between themselves and the threat of relegation happening ever again.
Villa will be active, just like any other top flight side, over the summer and Bosnich feels the manner of the club’s end to the campaign, has forced Sherwood’s hand.
“I’ve spoken about this sort of thing before; how many times are Villa going to roll the dice around this time of year when they are getting very close to relegation, before they do actually go down – For me Tim Sherwood’s hand has been forced,” he said.
The Daily Telegraph is among the sources to recently report news over the buy-out clause of Christian Benteke, which enhances the chance that the Belgian could be on his way out of the Villa Park exit door.
That creates massive pressure for Tim Sherwood because he’ll have to take a risk in terms of who he goes after to replace the big striker, who can give the team a good chance of staying clear of the bottom places in the division.
He’s also got to work very hard to improve his squad because Sherwood was restricted by injuries as soon as he was announced as the man who would come in and replace Paul Lambert.
His ability to generate belief in a side is second to none, but there is only so much effect his talking can have when he’s forced to use players out of position all over the pitch.
He’s got a big challenge ahead and hopefully it’s one he will relish.