Sherwood has called on Fabian Delph, who has announced that he’s staying at the club, to provide leadership, with a theme which suggests that he’ll be looking to give his key players more responsibility next season.
“It can't always come from the manager - the instructions - sometimes someone on the pitch needs to translate that information and Fabian certainly did that,” the boss told avfc.co.uk.
Delph is just one leader
Delph has taken to the Aston Villa captaincy like a duck to water, but he can’t be the only man looking to provide that leadership role.
He’s an inspiring figure but key players in key positions all over the team need to step forward and be counted, giving that key guidance and security to the different sections of the team.
Someone like Micah Richards, who has plenty of Premier League experience, will be vital in terms of the defence, while Gabby Agbonlahor will be important in terms of the club’s attack.
Sherwood can be clever
Sherwood can show some managerial intelligence by encouraging players to think for themselves on the pitch.
Everyone at Aston Villa is going to be very determined to ensure that the struggles of last season aren’t repeated, but there are going to be spells in the season where the club struggles.
It’s in those key moments that the players, all players, need to show that ability to adapt effectively and think on their feet because Sherwood can only do so much, despite his very obvious and admirable enthusiasm.