Stuart Pearce suggests Tim Sherwood's problem is Aston Villa's defence

Former Premier League manager Stuart Pearce has explained he feels Tim Sherwood has bigger problems than replacing key players who have just left.

Former Manchester City and Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce told talkSPORT that he feels Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has a bigger problem, than replacing Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke.

Pearce was quizzed over how he though Sherwood would go about the next couple of weeks at Villa Park and he suggested that the Aston Villa manager may hold more of a concern about his defence at the moment.

“It’s not about his thinking with regards to the cup final, he’ll be thinking ‘what have I got in my squad for next season?’” Pearce told talkSPORT.

“His best two players have just been sold – These are two more offensive players – The fans will want a marquee signing but I feel their biggest problem is in defence.”

A difficult situation

Sherwood is in a very awkward spot because he’s got to sign players in different areas of his team.

It’s unavoidable but it’s arguably more of a concern in terms of the defence, where new players do sometimes need more time to bed in and get to know their new surroundings.

If there is a lack of understanding between current and new defensive players, it could be difficult for the club to keep clean sheets over the opening weeks of the campaign.

A key signing has already been made

In light of that suggestion, one player who is going to prove vital for the manager is Micah Richards.

Richards has Premier League experience and is well suited to taking a leadership role in the back four, next to someone like Ciaran Clark who will be looking to improve on the below average standards he produced last year.

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