Richards was announced as a new signing for Tim Sherwood earlier this summer, returning to English football from a loan spell at Serie A side Fiorentina.
Former club Manchester City showed no real desire to keep him at the club and Wilkins feels the defender will have the motivation to prove them wrong for making that decision.
“It was a good bit of business from Tim getting Micah – He’s 26-years-old, as strong as an ox, he’s looking very sharp again and I’ve been very impressed with him around the place as well,” he told talkSPORT.
“I think he does have something to prove and having seen him in pre-season, I think he will prove a number of doubters wrong.”
Richards should be a regular
Richards should be a consistent starter in the Aston Villa ranks throughout the season.
He’s got Premier League experience and he offers versatility in a key area of the time for Tim Sherwood.
Whether he’s playing at right-back or playing through the middle of the side, he should be reliable and consistent in terms of his general performance levels.
Sherwood can play on his motivation
Sherwood can effectively use Richards’ desire to prove any doubters wrong to get the very best out of him.
If the boss can make the player believe that he’s got a point to prove then he will be going into each game with a spring in his step and looking to prove a point against different levels of opponents the club come up against.
If the Villa defence is more difficult to break down as a result then that’s something Sherwood will be pleased with.