Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has suggested that Aston Villa's season rests on how they spend the cash from selling their best players.
The fee Manchester City paid for the midfielder has been backed up by the cash generated by the sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool and Murphy feels that everything the club does and is capable of achieving this season, rests on how the money is spent.
“The spine of the team is gone, but they have got some good money in. Yes, the money they got for Delph wasn’t enough but it’s big money for Benteke and now it’s all about how they spend it and I think that’s going to be key to Aston Villa’s season,” he told talkSPORT.
Why Sherwood deserves credit
Tim Sherwood deserves a pat on the back because he’s not wasted any time in terms of ensuring that the cash has been spent to improve different options in the squad.
Jordan Ayew and Jose Crespo are two examples of players he’s quickly brought in alongside earlier signings like Micah Richards and Idrissa Gueye.
There is also still plenty of time for Sherwood to go after more new players in the transfer market, even though the deadline approaches after the start of the Premier League season.
The start of the season could actually be very beneficial for Sherwood in terms of showing him where he’s got gaps in his squad, which need to be filled because problems are exposed during competitive matches more than any other time.