Richards has linked up with Villa to revitalise his career in the Premier League and Sherwood appears to have challenged him, to reproduce some of the form which saw him challenging the experienced Pablo Zabaleta during his days at the Etihad Stadium.
“He’s still in his prime and it’s a great opportunity for him to get some game time. He didn’t play an awful lot last season but now he’s going to get on, on a regular basis and step into a squad which, in his position, we’re now quite comfortable,” he told AVTV.
“Hopefully we can keep those guys fit and then they’ll be good competition for places. We all want to breed that winning mentality and Micah played a lot of games in that first season Man City won the Premier League - he was keeping Zabaleta out of the team as a right-back.”
Serious tests for Richards
If Richards is fortunate enough to be able to force his way straight into the Aston Villa defence, there are going to be some early challenges for him.
He needs to show the consistency needed to keep himself in the Aston Villa back four and he needs to stay fit over the course of what will be, a very long season for the football club.
It’s not going to be easy on either front but he does have the experience of previously representing a big Premier League team in a very competitive squad.
He’ll be hoping that the difference between this spell with Villa and his previous time with Manchester City, is that he’s not the man who will be forced to make way next summer.