Collymore has openly admitted that he was worried for his old side following the departures of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, but he’s suggested that Sherwood has given the club every chance of enjoying a more comfortable season over the coming months.
“A week ago this looked like being the season when the mess of the last four years ends up splatting everyone in the face at Villa Park,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“The farce over Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke’s exits, plus the departures of Ron Vlaar and Shay Given hardly inspired confidence.”
“Tim Sherwood is clearly having a go at plugging the gaps, but whether Gueye is a replacement for Delph and Ayew a like-for-like sub for Benteke is a total unknown.”
What sort of season can Aston Villa expect?
Key players have left the club this summer and whichever way it’s looked at, that creates a big problem for the club.
However, as Collymore suggests, Sherwood has done well to bring in several new players to improve his squad options and to give himself better choices all over the pitch.
What’s important is that everyone gels together quickly and that the team gets off to a very good start over the first few weeks of the season.
The new players need to perform well and be effective during periods where there are injuries and suspensions for the manager to deal with.
The easiest way for Sherwood and the squad to prevent a dip in mentality for a second season running is to play well, showing that there aren’t too many hangovers in terms of those key players leaving the club.