Shaun Derry: I don't believe this potential problem surrounding Aston Villa

Aston Villa won't be affected by the upcoming FA Cup final according to former QPR player Shaun Derry.

Former Leeds United and QPR midfielder Shaun Derry said on talkSPORT that he doesn’t believe Aston Villa’s players will be distracted by the imminent FA Cup final.

Villa will take on Arsenal at Wembley at the end of May for the prestigious piece of silverware, but Derry doesn’t feel there will be any problems in terms of a distraction.

“When you talk about Aston Villa’s players having one eye on the FA Cup, not going into tackles, I’ve got to dispel that because I think the Tim Sherwood effect and the impact that manager has had on the football club – Just by listening to him, he just won’t have it,” he said.

The main priority for Villa is always going to be staying in the Premier League, because of how important the top flight is for financial reasons.

However, the FA Cup represents a chance for some very good players in Aston Villa’s squad to perform on the biggest stage.

Villa’s players have the ability to make up for a predominantly poor season by winning the competition, which would project them into the folklore of the club, while further justifying the decision to draft in Tim Sherwood as manager.

Sherwood is a very sensible and confident boss and someone who will always focus on the next match and the next priority, rather than allowing himself or his players to become distracted by a cup final.

Hopefully, by the time the final comes around, Villa will have secured their Premier League safety, which will give the team a big boost and momentum heading into the match to go all out for a win.

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