Speaking on talkSPORT, former Ipswich and Tottenham star Alan Brazil has questioned the transfer policy at Aston Villa, suggesting that Tim Sherwood is not to blame for the lack of quality shown by a number of summer signings.
Brazil said: “Tim Sherwood was not responsible for all of the Villa signings last summer, with the majority made off the back of the recommendation of Paddy Reilly, an advocate of moneyball methodology.”
The moneyball system is one that has been in the media recently, due to Brendan Rodgers’ sacking from Liverpool coming down to the lack of success of a number of Liverpool’s signings.
They used stats and analysis to buy players, but Villa’s philosophy is much more based on moneyball, as they signed undervalued players from abroad over the summer.
However, this has yet to have a positive effect at Villa Park, with all the signings failing to yet show what they are about, especially on a consistent basis.
The likes of Jordan Veretout, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew have all shown talent, but no real adaptation to the Premier League, with results suffering due to the host of new players lacking consistency.
Obviously, there are success stories with the moneyball system, with Jordan Amavi seriously impressing this term following his move from Nice over the summer, and there is the feeling that with time all the struggling players will start to improve.
Sherwood was not behind the summer signings of all these players, and he has been struggling to get them playing well on the field of play. There are doubts about his management abilities, but right now, it is unfair to judge the coach considering he is working with a group of players that he may not have even wanted to sign.