Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will already be mulling over several ways he can get more out of the players currently at Villa Park, after the club’s season came to an abrupt halt after FA Cup final defeat last weekend.
Sherwood will look to dip into the transfer market to improve the team this summer, but part of his challenge is revitalising the options he already has and finding a way to challenge players to get more out of them.
One youngster he may focus on is Jack Grealish, who has been superb since he was offered a chance by Sherwood, but what the manager should do with the youngster over the summer is actually quite simple; nothing.
Grealish has bags of potential and other than urging him to work hard in the gym to improve his core strength, Sherwood should resist the urge to get involve and tamper with the basic way that Grealish has been going about his business.
The youngster is well suited to playing a position in behind the main striker at Villa Park and Sherwood needs to build the attack around him in that position.
He receives the ball well, he’s got quick feet and he’s intelligent enough to be able to predict the runs of other players and put possession on a plat for his teammates running into space.
The crucial factor for Sherwood and Grealish in this position is what happens if Christian Benteke leaves the club.
Benteke is the sort of forward who scares opposition centre backs and puts them onto the back foot, creating that little bit of space for the number ten or attacking midfielder to take advantage of.
If Benteke leaves, Sherwood has to try and get a similar player in terms of style. He doesn’t need to inject a smaller striker into the team who has pace and movement, because that comes in the wider areas of the midfield and the full-backs.
If it’s not badly broken, resist any urge to dramatically go about trying to fix it. Grealish will be fine if he’s left to focus on that role at the top of Villa’s midfield and playing centrally.