Tim Sherwood believes Carlos Sanchez is perfectly suited to a holding-midfield role at Aston Villa, although he has also stressed that the Colombian has the capabilities to play in central defence if necessary.
The 29-year-old filled in at the heart of defence as the Villans defeated Notts County to set up a Capital One Cup third round encounter with Birmingham City on Tuesday evening, and Sherwood has reflected on his assured display.
He told the club’s official website: "You'd want Carlos in that No.6 role. He's the hoover. He hoovers things up in there.”
"But we haven't got any more centre-backs in the club who are fit.”
"I wouldn't be against playing Sanchez in there. I think he's played there many times for his country.”
"It's probably a slower tempo but he's strong, good in the air and he's reliable.”
"I think he's more than capable of playing there if we need him."
Sanchez has made three appearances in the Premier League this term, all of which have come as a central midfielder. Despite his manager’s praise, he has failed to win a single tackle – from six attempts – while averaging just over one interception per match.
Whether the Colombian would operate successfully as a defender against more established opposition remains to be seen. However, Sherwood clearly has tremendous faith in his ability as a utility man.
This could be a role he features more regularly in throughout the season but, based on the statistics, Villa would be best served investing in a natural centre back before the end of the summer window.