Andy Gray suggests the mentality Tim Sherwood will create at Aston Villa

Former Aston Villa forward Andy Gray is confident his old team will stay clear of trouble over the coming months.

Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray told talkSPORT that he doesn’t predict any difficulty for his old side in the coming Premier League season.

Gray has backed current Villa manager Tim Sherwood to make the team a very difficult side to beat in all games over the coming season, with a real desire for the club to move forward to prevent a repeat of the struggles which surrounded them last season.

“I don’t think they will be, I think they’ve got enough and I think what Tim will do, he might not make them an entertaining side to start with but I think he’ll make them competitive – I think with Tim, particularly at home, we’ll see them take the game to teams at Villa Park,” he told talkSPORT.

Villa Park is a real asset

As Andy Gray suggests, Villa Park can be a real asset for the club, especially with the difficult way that the side has lost key players this summer.

That will have created some hard feeling among the playing ranks, which could cause the team unit to tighten up with a determination to give the fans something to shout about, as they get right behind the team.

A noisy and vibrant home crowd can make Villa Park very intimidating for the club’s opposition, putting them onto the back foot for big games.

Fans have a big role to play

The supporters have a big role to play in terms of getting behind the team and standing by them.

Whichever way it’s looked at, losing Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke is a blow for the side and there is a good chance that the opening weeks of the campaign are going to be difficult.

However, if the fans get behind the side and play their part in preventing heads from dropping in the camp, the football club should be able to pull through.

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