Houghton has suggested that it’s vital for Villa to keep their key players because of how difficult it will be for manager Tim Sherwood to improve the squad should he lose any key individuals in important areas of the squad.
“They can’t really afford to lose any of their major players. They struggled at the back end of the season once again and that’s three years in a row near the relegation zone so they need investment, but they’re not going to get it because Randy Lerner has said he’s going to take a back seat,” he told talkSPORT.
Who might leave Aston Villa this summer?
There are a couple of rumours floating which suggest Sherwood could have his work cut out in terms of keeping certain players.
Should Aston Villa lose either player, it creates a big hole in two areas of the team, which would have knock on effects for the club at the start of the Premier League season.
The unfortunate reality over investment
The problem Sherwood has is that he’ll have plans and ideas over where he wants to develop in other areas.
If he’s not going to get financial help from the owner, the only way he might get some extra cash is by selling one of his best players.
It may be difficult for Villa to sell someone like Benteke, but ultimately, he’s someone who could net a big fee allowing Sherwood to invest in other areas.