Given, now at Stoke City, has suggested that Sherwood will have a plan over how to revitalise his squad ahead of the return of the Premier League, despite losing so many key players.
Fabian Delph’s u-turn and decision to join Manchester City and Christian Benteke’s move to Liverpool have created very big holes for Sherwood to fill.
“It’s a bit worrying if you are an Aston Villa fan yes because they had a lot of players that have left,” Given told the Birmingham Mail.
“Knowing Tim Sherwood as I do I think he’ll have a master plan going on behind the scenes. I’m sure they’re trying to get some players in and working hard for new signings as well - they do need to strengthen.”
Is there enough time for Sherwood to get some business done?
There is still over two weeks before Aston Villa take on AFC Bournemouth in their opening Premier League game so there is time for Sherwood to make some signings.
The problem is that there’s no real time for the players who may come in to get bedded into the squad and get to know their teammates, which creates the risk that they won’t be able to have an instant impact for the team.
However, if there is one manager who can use his energy and optimism to get the most out of a set of new players then it’s Sherwood.
He’s going to have to work very hard to get Villa off to a good start in two weeks, but Given is someone who certainly feels he can soften the blow for the club.