Three causes for concern after Villa's poor start... is Sherwood the biggest?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa find themselves in the relegation zone eight Premier League games into the season...

Sherwood's nightmare

There has been plenty of talk, after just one win and one draw in eight league games, that Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is already undoing the hard work he did keeping the Midlands side up last season.

Sherwood spoke last term of bold aspirations, not struggling against relegation once again. Now, his tune has changed after his nightmare start. It's not just what the 46-year-old is saying, however, it's the awful impression he is making with his decisions.

Tactics, team selection and substitutions have all been criticised - and rightly so. It's no wonder the Villa boss has been sarcastically dubbed 'TacticsTim' by some less-than-impressed followers.

Lescott's defence

If Sherwood isn't the problem, however, and the Villa head coach is to sort out the club's form, the Midlands side's defence needs to sort itself out.

Only four top-flight teams have conceded more goals than Aston Villa this campaign, which helps explain why they are eighteenth in the table, and much of that has been down to the selection of Joleon Lescott since he came in from West Brom.

Supporters have often called for Sherwood to drop Ashley Westwood, Alan Hutton and more. But, after his poor form since arriving at Villa Park, Lescott tops the list.

So many forwards... so few goals

There are flaws throughout Aston Villa's side right now but a major one lies in the final third. As well as conceding 13 goals, Sherwood's men have only scored eight.

That's despite having five first-team forwards in their ranks and bringing Rudy Gestede into the fold over the summer.

The goals are drying up thanks to a lot of Sherwood's bizarre tactical choices and Villa are starting to look like a Paul Lambert side all over again - hardly ever scoring.

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