Report: Blame game underway at Villa as questions arise over new signings

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Aston Villa have endured a poor start to the season.

According to the Mirror, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has questioned the club’s summer transfer activity - after one win in eight matches leaves them in the bottom three and four points adrift of safety.

Villa were arguably the busiest club in the off-season, bringing in as many as 12 new players and seeing the likes of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke depart for fellow top-flight rivals.

A number of Villa’s new recruits were relatively unknown to most Premier League observers, with four arriving from France and a further two coming from Spain, in what was a big gamble.

So far, four points from their opening eight matches suggests it hasn’t paid off and according to the Mirror, Sherwood has already made his feelings on the matter known to the club’s hierarchy.

“Ex-Spurs midfielder Sherwood wants more of a say on transfers in future after the club’s head of recruitment Paddy Reilly and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt recommended deals in the summer,” the Mirror reports.

“It is understood Sherwood has made his feelings known to the club’s hierarchy, including chief executive Tom Fox, after they went for overseas signings who lack Premier League experience.”

Missing out on key targets:

Villa’s summer signings were said to be based on statistical evidence and while there are certain advantages of having analytical data available, football is more than just numbers on  paper.

Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Amavi have both posted impressive statistics this season in terms of tackles, interceptions and clearances etc, but numbers don’t account for decision making or leadership.

The report in the Mirror states that Sherwood wanted Emmanuel Adebayor, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur, with each player possessing proven top-flight quality.

To opt for the cheaper route may well have been influenced by successes at Swansea City and Southampton in recent years, yet Villa have seemingly missed a key element when viewing their rivals.

A core, top-flight quality spine to the team should be in place before gambling on picking up rough diamonds from abroad, not the other way round, as the club are beginning to find out the hard way.

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