Tim Sherwood is primed to bring success to Aston Villa

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With an FA Cup final to look forward to and Premier League survival looking increasingly likely, Tim Sherwood's short stint at Aston Villa has so far been a resounding success.

Yet for anybody who viewed his appointment with trepidation, they need only look at his tenure at Tottenham Hotspur to see his impressive managerial credentials.

Boasting a 50% win ratio during his time at White Hart Lane, Sherwood was dispensed with after just eight months in charge despite maintaining a higher win percentage then his predecessors, Andre Villas Boas and Harry Redknapp, who were both afforded far longer reigns in charge.

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Perhaps a victim of not being a big enough name for a club the size of Tottenham, the now Villa boss did much in his short stay to suggest he can make himself a big name at the Midlands club.

Penchant for youth

Implementing a youth policy at Spurs, which has since been built upon by current boss, Mauricio Pochettino, it was Sherwood who initially identified the relatively unproven Harry Kane as a player capable of leading the Spurs attack, when according to their former manager, the club were looking to offload the now England regular during his spell in charge.

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Looking to carry this policy over into his new club, the likes of Jack Grealish who have come to the fore of late, show early signs of fruition that Sherwood's penchant for promoting younger players into the first-team has resulted in the unearthing of a potential future star.

Grealish's dominant display in the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool last weekend drew many plaudits to the point that he is now the focus of an international tug of war, as both England and Rep. Ireland compete for his loyalty should he be called into their national squads.

With a far lower budget to spend on player recruitment at Aston Villa, Sherwood's ability to bring through the next generation of players will be heavily called upon, something that will help to provide the Villans with reassurance that they are prepared  for future financial constraints.

Benteke is back

Prior to his arrival, the main problem Sherwood was faced with, besides having to steer Villa clear of relegation, was the teams severe failure to score goals. A pathetic return of just one goal in eight league games goes to show why the club was in such a crisis.

Their main source for goals, Christian Benteke, looked a far inferior player compared against his former self. Just three goals to his name with over half the campaign gone,  he was looking like a one season wonder. That was until Tim Sherwood worked his magic.

Restoring a new lease of life into Benteke, Sherwood's vote of confidence in his striker paid dividends with a return of nine goals in his last seven games. Benteke is back.

This mirrors the situation that Sherwood formerly faced with Emmanuel Adebayor in North London. A player who at his best was a match for any defender in the league, yet for whatever reason struggled to show this upon his arrival to White Hart Lane.

Just like he has since done with Benteke, a show of faith from Sherwood brought about an immediate transformation as Adebayor soon began to fire in the goals.

This inate ability to get the best out of whatever group of players he is presented  with is just another string to Sherwood's ever-growing bow. His only probem now will be keeping hold of players like Benteke, who he has shown are back playing to their best.

The future looks bright

Though there is still work to be done, the signs that a change of fortune lies ahead will be encouraging for the Villa board and fans alike.

Admitting to the BBC after his side's FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool: "We need to secure our safety first and then come back and take the game to Arsenal".

Sherwood knows his achievement count for nothing yet. Though, even if Villa go on to lose the FA Cup but survive relegation, their manager will have passed his first test. Villa will be hoping he is there to pass many more.

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