Collymore suggests two areas Sherwood needs to focus on at Aston Villa

Former Aston Villa player Stan Collymore has explained why he's concerned about his old club.

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore told talkSPORT that there are two things which concern him with regards to his former club.

Collymore has suggested that the direction of the football club is flawed and has suggested there are issues in terms of leadership at Villa Park.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood now finds himself in a very difficult situation where he’s been forced to restructure key areas of his squad, after important players have taken the decision to move on to new challenges.

“I think there are two things. One is the direction of the club, which is deeply disturbing and I’m worried that we haven’t bottomed out yet. There are some leadership issues and some direction issues,” he told talkSPORT.

The direction of Aston Villa

There may be a direction issue away from the pitch but the main aim for the club this season is to improve on the last Premier League campaign.

Sherwood came in and did a magnificent job in terms of turning around results and getting the team playing a much more positive brand of football, which had a positive knock on effect for results.

If he can replace the likes of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke effectively, the club will go through a fresh wave of energy and can hopefully get off to a good start next season.

Leadership issues

The departure of Delph means Sherwood is now searching for a new captain and with Ron Vlaar not an option in terms of the armband, the manager has a big decision to make.

Hopefully someone will now step forward and show the sort of qualities that will be crucial at a time like this for any club.

It will then be the responsibility of that player to aggressively drive the side on over the next ten months.

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