Villa have been very active in the transfer market in terms of signing squad support and bringing in fresh faces, but it’s also important that Sherwood shows some continuity and familiarity in team selection this season.
Westwood is someone who will have a big role to play in the team over the next year, with Sherwood implying that any new signing will have to work their socks off to force him out of the side.
“I must give a mention to Ashley Westwood. If anyone is going to get into his spot in midfield, they're going to have be a very good player,” he told avfc.co.uk.
Premier League experience
The Premier League experience that Westwood provides to the side is very important.
There is plenty of exciting and young talent coming into the team, but Westwood knows the division and he knows exactly what is expected in terms of the pressure of playing in the top flight.
Sherwood is a very clever manager and he could now play on Westwood’s mentality, urging him to step forward as a key leader in the team following Fabian Delph’s decision to move to Manchester City.
Squad competition is healthy
The squad competition that Sherwood hints at is extremely useful for the side because it keeps everyone from becoming complacent and improves the quality of training sessions, with the intensity increasing.
As a result, Aston Villa’s midfield should be fresh and sharp in all games, giving the side a better chance of picking up victories.