Speaking to talkSPORT, former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has discussed Aston Villa’s poor form under Tim Sherwood, and has told the head coach to stop changing formation now that nothing is working.
He said: “Changing the formation and personnel a lot is difficult, but I understand why he is doing it, because he is trying to find his best team. He’s trying to find the best formation for the players he’s got. But now might be the time to just stick with one, and just really work at it and try and grind out some results - be hard to beat.”
Sherwood has been changing around formation a lot this season, having seen a number of players arriving at Villa Park over the summer.
He is attempting to discover his best starting XI, and in which formation they are best suited to playing, but so far this has created a very disjointed side.
Villa started the season with a 4-3-3 set-up, before moving to a 4-2-3-1 when attempting to control games with more dominance. However, after discovering that Villa’s best threat was from crosses and with the aerial ability of Rudy Gestede, Sherwood decided upon a 3-5-2 system.
Whilst all three formations have their advantages and disadvantages, the 3-5-2 does seem to suit Villa’s players best, even if it is a system which places great pressure on the wide-men, and can go disastrously wrong if used incorrectly.
However, after a defeat using the 3-5-2, Sherwood may believe that changing system again is the way forward, but Murphy wants to see the manager choose a system and stick with it.
This certainly seems the wisest idea, as if Sherwood keeps changing system, there is almost no chance that the players will settle in the style of play that he wants to bring to the club.
Villa have won just one Premier League game so far this season, and Sherwood would be wise to listen to Murphy if he wants to end this dreadful record.