Thomas Hitzlsperger raises the big question which surrounds Aston Villa

Hitzlsperger is worried Sherwood will not be given time at Aston Villa.

Villa have started the season in poor form, and Thomas Hitzlsperger has admitted to talkSPORT that he is worried the manager will not be given the time to bring together his collection of summer signings into a competitive squad.

The former Villa star said: “Because they’ve brought in so many new players it’s just a question on when will they adapt to the Premier League - there’s talent there, for sure. How much time will Tim Sherwood be given, that’s the real question? I’ve watched them and they have got good players, but how much patience do they [the board] have, I honestly don’t know.”

Villa were unfortunate to have to sign so many players over the summer, having lost the important trio of Ron Vlaar, Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph at the end of last season.

They had a large financial budget to use on new signings, and to ensure the Midlands side could bring in a number of quality players for as cheap as possible, they looked towards the foreign markets.

Players with talent were signed, but unfortunately for Sherwood, he has had to build a side that is competitive in the Premier League in just a few months, with a group of players who did not know each other last term.

Results have been poor, and although there have been performances which have suggested the players will come good, Hitzlsperger is worried that Sherwood will not be given the time to continue building a team.

There are talks about him losing his job just nine games into the season, and although Villa sit in the relegation places, they are not cut adrift from their other relegation rivals, and Sherwood should be given time to turn things around, as the same issues with the players will still be there regardless of whomever comes in as manager.

It just remains to be seen whether the Villa board will show patience with Sherwood over the coming weeks.

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