The Birmingham-based club had a transitional summer, with key players Fabian Delph, Ron Vlaar and Christian Benteke all leaving Villa Park.
In their place a host of predominantly foreign players arrived at Villa, who will all take time to adapt to their new surroundings.
Sherwood has the job of managing a group of talented young players and has highlighted the fact that two experienced heads in his defence are leaders for the club.
Richards has been named as captain after finally leaving boyhood club Manchester City, while Lescott joined from West Brom on transfer deadline day.
The Villa boss has stated that these older heads are key in driving a young Villa group forward.
“There's a few of them,” Sherwood told the Villa official website when asked who his leaders were.
“We've got the likes of Micah Richards, I think he's taken on the mantle of being captain.
“Joleon Lescott comes with a wealth of experience as well.
“I know Micah has got the qualities to help this young group, that's why he's vital, Joleon too - they're both vital like a few others. They will have to help me out.”
Following a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool last time out, Villa find themselves with only four points from their first seven games, in a suggestion that the club could face a potential relegation struggle this term.
Finding themselves in the bottom three currently, Sherwood’s charges will hope for an invaluable three points as they host Stoke City later today.