Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has urged fans to hold back on criticism of Aston Villa.
Murphy was quizzed on the radio station over the effect he felt losing Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke would have over the Midlands team, but he suggested it would be difficult to say until Tim Sherwood has had a chance to spend all of the money coming into the club.
“It’s going to be difficult to judge them until the end of the window to see who they’ve brought in but at the moment the squad looks average,” he told talkSPORT.
There will be an impact
There will be an impact regardless of any player Sherwood signs because Delph and Benteke were both very unique players.
The silver lining in terms of the midfield is that Jack Grealish is evidence that Aston Villa’s youth system can produce top quality talent, capable of performing at the highest level.
In terms of replacing Benteke, attacking signings have already been made but Villa arguably need someone similar in style to the Belgian.
While Benteke could go missing in some games, when he was at the top of his form, he carried a real threat and presence around the pitch which is difficult to replicate.
A little bit of luck
Aston Villa are also going to need a little bit of luck over the first few weeks of the season to ensure they get off to a good start.
It’s important that key decisions go their way over the opening weeks in games to produce good results, which in turn help to boost the confidence around the club while Sherwood considers more signings.