McInally stresses importance of good start for Aston Villa

Former Aston Villa player Alan McInally has explained why a good start to the season is so important for his old club.

Former Aston Villa striker Alan McInally told talkSPORT that he feels the first six or seven games are going to be important for the Villa Park club.

The Scot has stressed the need for Tim Sherwood to oversee a good start to the season because of the flat way the club finished last season, with defeat in the FA Cup final at the hands of Arsenal.

The summer has created a good break for Villa to reflect and look back on what went wrong last season and McInally has also suggested there is a real need for the boss to try and improve his squad options to give the side a better chance of consistency.

“The season finished on such a downer with the FA Cup final. It’s going to be a really important opening six or seven games for them – I’m hoping Tim can get a few players in who can maybe do a bit better than they did towards the end of last season,” he told talkSPORT.

Importance of a good start

The importance of a good start for Aston Villa is very high but it’s not going to be easy because every team in the Premier League will be determined to get off to a good start.

Villa open the season against Premier League new boys Bournemouth before games against Liverpool and Manchester United in their opening seven games.

The squad need to train well over the course of pre-season and Sherwood needs to develop a forward thinking and clever game plan for the club to get the right results.

Where do Villa need new players?

There have already been some good additions in the transfer market, with a move for Idrissa Gueye in the pipeline as confirmed by Sherwood in the Birmingham Mail.

There is also going to be a lot of pressure over the manager to find a good replacement if the club loses Christian Benteke.

He’s the sort of striker who will interest plenty of sides and a decent forward would help to soften the blow.

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