Villa fell to another defeat at the weekend, losing 2-0 to Chelsea, and former striker Tony Cascarino has criticised Tim Sherwood’s style of play considering the players he has at his disposal whilst speaking to talkSPORT.
He said: “[I have] Nothing against Joleon Lescott, but he’s not a technically gifted centre-half. He’s good at doing what he does - he’s a real defender. So why he [Sherwood] wants players to play in certain areas I do not know.”
Villa fell to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, with individual errors costing them a potential result against a lacklustre Chelsea side.
Joleon Lescott and Brad Guzan were at fault for the first goal, whilst the entire defensive unit gave Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa freedom to put the ball in the back of the net for the second goal.
The first goal was a truly disastrous affair, with Guzan passing the ball to Lescott to play out of the defence, despite Willian running at him to press the ball high up the field of play.
Lescott has never been highly regarded for his ability on the ball, despite his obvious strengths as a centre-half, and Cascarino believes that Sherwood is utilising his players incorrectly considering their strengths.
They possess arguably the best aerial threat in the Premier League in Rudy Gestede, but Sherwood wants his team to play football along the floor, and against Chelsea, Villa played more short passes than their opponents.
Sherwood has a vision of how he wants his side to play football, and whilst his wish to play a style of attractive football is admirable, it goes against all the strengths in Villa’s side, and is actively harming their results - and their Premier League safety.