Veretout and Crespo represent the good and the bad of Sherwood's transfer business

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The two Aston Villa players have had contrasting seasons to date.

It is fair to say Tim Sherwood’s time in charge at Aston Villa did not go according to plan, with some of his summer signings causing far more befuddlement than joy, but there are two players who in essence represent the good and the bad of the former midfielder's time in charge.

On the day that Jose Angel Crespo left Villa for a loan spell at Rayo Vallecano after making only two first-team appearances for the Midlands club, it is clearer than ever that the signing of the 28-year-old from Cordoba represents the nadir of Sherwood’s reign.

Brought in on a three-year deal Crespo looked a mismatch from the beginning and after suffering a groin injury in pre-season he was rarely seen once fit again, with Remi Garde excluding him from the match-day squad altogether.

In contrast, Jordan Veretout was signed by Sherwood with a big reputation only to struggle under the 46-year-old, making just three starts before Garde arrived and put his faith in him from the outset.

With four assists in the proceeding 11 league games, and some fine performances to boot, it seems Veretout is a rare ray of light in what has been a bleak campaign for Villa, so for all the mistakes Sherwood made, at least he got it right with the young Frenchman.

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