Sherwood was handed a very difficult situation when he was forced to watch two of his best players leave when Fabian Delph joined Manchester City and Christian Benteke moved to Liverpool.
However, Murphy has suggested that Sherwood has been able to ensure that there are core characteristics which have remained in the squad, as the boss has looked to go about the rebuilding process.
“One thing I look at down that list of players is there are some seriously good athletes in there, there is some pace, energy and power,” he told talkSPORT.
Pace has always been an asset for Villa
The pace in Aston Villa’s side has always been one of their core positives.
Players like Gabby Agbonlahor and Scott Sinclair may not be perfect in terms of their technique but they have pace to burn and that is important.
It’s something which puts the opposition’s defence onto the back foot, keeping them there and something which creates space for other players in the team to exploit.
Power will be a key factor
It will be interesting to see where the power comes from in terms of the midfield and attack because that’s an attribute that both Delph and Benteke possessed.
If Villa are competitive physically, they have some good players in terms of controlling possession and being creative which should help them compete in the majority of games this season.