Tim Sherwood must not throw £2m newbie Joleon Lescott in for his debut this weekend

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

The Aston Villa signing should be given his debut against former club West Brom next weekend.

On Transfer Deadline day Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood moved to bring in some experience to his defensive unit, with the arrival of Joleon Lescott from local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The former Manchester City and Everton defender, who cost the club around £1 million rising to £2 million according to the Daily Mail, is a lifelong Villa fan and could come into the team to face Leicester City this weekend.

Lescott is undoubtedly going to add great cover and experience to the Villa back-line, something missing after the departure of Ron Vlaar and alongside former City team-mate Micah Richards he could form a strong defensive partnership.

But should he be thrown in at the deep end this weekend?

No.

Lescott is a skilled and experienced performer but he is new at the club and is yet to play alongside his new team-mates. Of all the Premier League teams to face as a newbie, The Foxes might be the worst.

Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki use their pace to terrify defenders and Lescott is certainly not the same pace as he used to be.

Villa take on his former club West Brom in their next game, a team whose style of play is much more suited to a debutant – especially as he will know all of them from his past at The Hawthorns.

It makes sense to keep Lescott on the sidelines this week, but bring him in for his debut next Saturday.

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