Tim Sherwood believes Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout is ready for more minutes

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The Frenchman has made four starts in six appearances for Villa since his summer move from Nantes.

Aston Villa new boy Jordan Veretout is set to get more playing opportunities going forward, manager Tim Sherwood has told AVTV.

Veretout, 22, joined Villa from Nantes in the summer for around £8 million, having recorded a career-best seven goals and seven assists in 40 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit last season.

Labelled one of the French top-flight’s most exciting prospects, his breakout campaign had attracted reported interest from the likes of Bournemouth, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur [h/t Presse Ocean] before the promising midfielder opted to make the move to the Midlands instead.

However, the former France Under-21 international has been slow to adapt to the Premier League so far and, after starting the first two games of the season, has since made just two Capital One Cup starts and two top-flight appearances off the bench.

 2015-16 Premier League GoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal TacklesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionsAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Veretout 0 0 2 85% 4 9 45% 4 4 187

Nevertheless, his display in the recent 1-0 win over Birmingham City was highly encouraging and, having followed up that 90-minute showing with an impressive substitute performance in the weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Liverpool, Sherwood believes he is primed to show the claret and blue faithful his true worth.

“The new guys will gradually start coming to the party and I think Jordan will get opportunities to play now and show us what he’s got,” Sherwood told AVTV. “He’s started to feel his way into the Premier League now, which is encouraging for the squad.

“He’s got the potential and now it’s about fulfilling it and helping push Aston Villa up the table.”

A versatile player, Veretout’s style of play was likened to that of Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey during his time in France, having impressed in both a No. 10 and deeper midfield role for Nantes.

He clearly faces strong competition for minutes from the likes of Ashley Westwood, Carlos Sanchez and fellow newcomer Idrissa Gana in the centre of the park but, with Sherwood’s side struggling to get points on the board through the first seven league games of the season, getting his attacking qualities into the line-up would seem like a wise move.

With Stoke City visiting Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, that could be the perfect opportunity.

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