Collymore suggested that Villa were being used as a stepping stone by players following Fabian Delph’s move to Manchester City and an imminent move to Liverpool for Christian Benteke, as reported by the BBC.
The Delph move leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of Aston Villa fans everywhere and Collymore feels Tim Sherwood now has a big challenge on his hands to transform the mentality of some individuals at the football club.
“Aston Villa is a place that you go for a couple of years as a stepping stone to clubs with more money, not necessarily bigger clubs, but clubs with more money,” Collymore told talkSPORT.
How can Villa change that mentality?
If players aren’t fully committed to the Aston Villa cause then Sherwood has to try and work out why before changing that mentality.
If he can get the club off to a very good start in the season, that will help but it will be difficult considering the key players being linked with exits.
He has to try and make sure that the threat of relegation, which was evident throughout last season, doesn’t hang over the club for the coming season.
Villa need to show that they are a football club, moving forward in the right direction to stop players jumping ship and taking a transfer to a higher placed club at the first opportunity.
Aston Villa are a massive football club and one of the big institutions in British football and the manager needs to consistently stress just that.