Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna on the opportunity ahead of Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Bacuna sees this season as a good opportunity for Tim Sherwood to show what he can really do as Aston Villa boss after steering them clear of relegation.

Aston Villa wide man Leandro Bacuna has told the club's official website that the season ahead is a massive opportunity for manager Tim Sherwood to show what he can do with a full pre-season behind him.

Sherwood arrived at Villa in February of this year when the side was in the thick of a fierce relegation scrap, and the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach managed to lead them away from the drop zone - as well as playing a leading role in guiding the side to the FA Cup final. 

Bacuna is quoted as saying on the club's official website: "Last season, he came in at a time when we were struggling. That's not easy for any new manager but we managed to get over the line.

"Now he can push on, get the team sorted the way he wants it and get the season started really good.

"The manager had to come in last February and work the squad out very quickly - and win football matches. Now he can create his own way for Aston Villa in more of a relaxed environment.

"It is something new for him. It is a fresh start. Now he has the chance to show what he can do."

Certainly when Sherwood arrived at the club, they were a more potent force going forward - which really couldn't have been said about the side under Paul Lambert, who Sherwood took over from at Villa Park.

Villa were a lot more exciting to watch as Sherwood started to implement his ideas. The first half performance put in against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in March, where they were 4-0 up at half time, demonstrated that the side have the talent to score goals but were probably not playing a style that suited the squad.

There are going to be several challenges for Sherwood this season. He is a manager that likes his side to play on the front foot and if they show the kind of form they showed from February onwards last season, then they should be able to avoid a nervy close to the season where they hover anxiously above the drop zone. 

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