Could Chris Herd still have a bright future at Aston Villa?

What next for an Aston Villa player who appears to have been given one last chance to impress at the club?

According to a report from Aston Villa’s official website, manager Tim Sherwood will monitor the progress of Chris Herd this summer before deciding whether he has a future at the club.

Considering the Australian international has been blighted by injury and has only featured 42 times for Villa since being promoted to the first-team in 2010 – after previously spending five years in their academy – the news is somewhat surprising.

With his current contract expiring this summer, it had been widely expected that Herd would move on, but it shows just how highly-rated he is that Sherwood is willing to wait until the very last moment before making a decision one way or the other.

Herd’s versatility could yet make him a very important player for Villa, but he must ensure his injury problems are behind him and that is easier said than done.

Able to play as a defensive midfielder, a centre-back or a right-back, Herd is the kind of utility man clubs are crying out for; the problem is, he rarely plays and he will have to go some to ensure he earns a new contract at Villa Park in the coming months.

At just 26 he could still have much to offer, but there is no doubt his time at Villa up until now has been anything but successful.

Sherwood has already proved to be a revitalising factor when it comes to other players at the club, so could Herd be the next to benefit?

It will be quite a story if he is.

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