According to a late night report in The Telegraph, Remi Garde is expected to become the new manager of Aston Villa after holding talks with American owner Randy Lerner.
The former Lyon boss would arrive with a decent pedigree, though the Villa job couldn’t be any more difficult as the club find themselves bottom of the Premier League table and winless in nine.
Confidence is evidently lacking at Villa Park, while the players have been put under the spotlight by a number of pundits and observers following questions over their summer recruitment policy.
However, there is still plenty of quality in the Villa dressing room and with Garde all-but expected to arrive next week, here are three players who could benefit greatly from his appointment.
Idrissa Gueye has actually been one of Villa’s better players this season, yet the Senegalese international could end up having an even bigger impact under French boss Garde.
At Lyon, Garde regularly played with a holding midfielder and his team structure was built around a solid protection for his defence – stemming from defending from the front.
Villa have been too open this season, too vulnerable to quick counter-attacks, leaving Gueye isolated and on occasions pulled out of position in order to help his teammates.
With an average of four tackles and 3.6 interceptions per Premier League fixture thus far, imagine the impact and how much better he could be playing in a more organised unit.
Jordan Veretout arrived at Villa Park in the summer boasting a reputation as one of the most talented playmakers coming out of Ligue 1, scoring seven goals and adding six assists last season.
However, it just hasn’t worked for him thus far and with only three Premier League starts under his belt, he’s one of a number of players who Sherwood simply couldn’t make the best of.
Garde, being French himself, would have be able to communicate better with Veretout and given his experience of working with technical players, he could end up reigniting him.
Rudy Gestede was brought in as Christian Benteke’s replacement but so far it hasn’t worked out, despite his obvious talent and dominance in the air.
While he may not be similar to Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette, Garde certainly got the best out of his striker at the Stade de Gerland and knew how to set up his team to benefit his centre-forward.
If Villa are to avoid the drop this season, Gestede will need to be central to their plans and under Sherwood, the West Midlands outfit simply didn’t get the best out of him.