Tim Sherwood explains key change he needs from Aston Villa’s foreign signings

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood is still hoping to see his Aston Villa signings toughen up.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Tim Sherwood has admitted that he has been coaching his new signings in the physical nature of the Premier League, having seen some players struggle so far this season.

Sherwood said: “It was part of the training process, getting them used to contact. I think that is good. Certainly when they’re coming in from different leagues, this is the most physical league in the world so I think they need to get used to that body contact.”

Considering the amount of signings brought from foreign leagues, it is no surprise that Sherwood needs to focus upon coaching the nature of the Premier League into them.

The likes of Adama Traore and Jordan Ayew have yet to come up to speed with the intensity of the division, and although both look exciting talents, they will need to develop into players suited to playing in England.

The manager has admitted that part of his training regime is focused upon getting physically roughed up, mirroring the likely match atmosphere in a less competitive environment.

This is a wise approach to take, as it means the adaptation to English football will come faster, and it will likely increase the impact the summer signings have at an earlier date.

Jordan Amavi is the only summer signing to have truly impressed on a consistent basis so far this term, but with the work Sherwood is doing on the training ground, it should not be too long before all of the players are performing at the top of their game.

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