Speaking to the official Aston Villa website, Tim Sherwood has suggested why Villa have yet to truly start their season after another defeat at the weekend.
The English boss said: “Collectively I think we are not gelling. We do it in spasms but it's not good enough. We have spells where we look excellent but other spells where we look terrible. That's the nature of it when you get a young group - but not only a young group, a group that has never played in England before in the Premier League. It's about getting used to that as quickly as possible.”
Considering the lack of experience Sherwood has as a top flight coach, his job at the start of this season was always going to be hard, and it was made more-so due to the wealth of transfer business the Midlands club completed over the summer.
After losing Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, Villa went and raided the foreign markets to bring in a number of new players, all of whom have potential, but few who have any experience of English football.
Sherwood believes it is all these signings that are behind Villa’s dreadful start to the season, with them picking up just four points from seven games - with only one victory in that time.
There are times when Villa do look like a great side, and a number of the summer signings have shown themselves to be extremely talented players.
However, all too often it is clear that the players are still coming to terms with a new team, a new league, and playing alongside new team-mates.
This need to gel is not something which can occur quickly, and it is hard for a manager to force players to adapt quicker, and although Sherwood was thrown into this situation with little control, it is up to the boss to ensure Villa can traverse the tough period before moving forward later in the campaign.