Micky Quinn suggests Sherwood can't excuse Aston Villa youngsters

Former top flight striker Micky Quinn has explained he doesn't think Tim Sherwood should protect the younger players at Aston Villa.

Former Newcastle forward Micky Quinn told talkSPORT that he doesn’t feel Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood should feel that he has to excuse his players.

Quinn suggested that Sherwood has a tendency to jump to the defence of his young and developing team.

However, he also suggested that Sherwood shouldn’t be afraid to expose them to criticism and scrutiny, which is a fair comment given the size and expectation within the club’s fantastic support base.

“Tim Sherwood is going on about his young team but there’s no need for him to excuse that young team and wait for them to develop, but they need to do it now, they have to grow up and start winning games,” he told talkSPORT.

Is Sherwood too protective of his players?

It’s all about a fine balance for Sherwood because there are younger players such as Jack Grealish in his squad, where they could take to being hammered with criticism every week in the wrong way.

These are younger players who are going to form the spine of the side over the rest of this season and beyond so to a degree, they do need to be protected effectively.

However, one of the only ways any younger player is going to learn on and off the pitch is through experience.

The measure of their character and resolve will be how they grit through difficult periods and Sherwood can only do so much in terms of teaching them how to deal with those spells.

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