Sherwood wants his senior Aston Villa players to help the new signings adapt to English football.
Speaking to the Guardian, Tim Sherwood admitted that his senior players will have to help the host of Aston Villa’s new signings adapt to English football due to the tough nature of the Premier League.
Sherwood said: “They’re going to have to be the big brothers in this period and make sure they help out this group. There’s going to be times when [the players new to English football are] looking at each other and thinking: ‘What the hell is this Premier League all about? This is a tough place to be.’ And sometimes they need some reassurance from those guys who have played a lot of Premier League games, just to say: ‘This is normal, just calm down.’”
Despite bringing in a wealth of talent this summer, and with a squad that put’s Villa’s team from last season to shame, there are still doubts about the side’s ability to stay in the Premier League.
The real issue is the number of signings brought to the club, with Adama Traore today becoming the 10th incoming transfer.
There are doubts about whether Sherwood can bring all these new players together to form a cohesive team during the season, and certain players are not expected to adapt to the Premier League considering the number of signings made from abroad.
However, the head coach wants to see his senior players act as role models to the new signings, with the likes of Gabby Agbonlahor, Ciaran Clark, Ashley Westwood and Brad Guzan name checked in the article as being the players to follow.
They are survivors from last season, and some of the few players Sherwood has left from the years before he arrived at the club. They will be expected to continue fulfilling their role on the field of play, but Sherwood wants them to show themselves as role models off the field, as he looks to bring all the players together to get Villa out of their rut.