Tim Sherwood has plans for Aston Villa

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Villa Park - home of interesting and intriguing history, a club that has remained in the premier league shadow in recent seasons but with a fairly glistening trophy cabinet.

They were competing in Europe as recently as 2010 but they've been clinging on by the whiskers ever since - and many wonder if they will ever be the formidable outfit they once were.

Especially with their spine of last season all departing with Fabian Delph, Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar all shown the exit.


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However, for me, the claret and blue outfit should be well assured of their Premier League survival this season.

Why? Because Tim Sherwood seems to have a plan. As his confident and reassured body language would seem, the London born gaffer knows what he wants from his side.

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Worthy replacements

As the best players in his squad all departed earlier on in the transfer window, Sherwood has recruited noteworthy replacements in Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew among other top bargains.

Richards, has a point to prove as he looks to regain a place in the England squad. Along with his title winning experience and unparalleled positivity, he could very well make the difference this year.

Gueye, is just the pinnacle of replacements for Fabian Delph. Young, energetic, hungry, the 25-year-old has it all, as proven by his noteworthy performances in Villa's midfield.

Jordan Ayew, the younger brother of Swansea's Andre Ayew - has looked menacing upfront for the Villians so far this campaign, with his pace and direct approach, his partnership with Agbonlahor should be tricky for opposition defences to contain.

Confident set up

As witnessed on Friday night, Villa didn't hold back against a much stronger Manchester United. They set out to dominate the game with a confident 4-4-2 formation.

They even looked to emulate Barcelona at times, their full backs pushed high up the pitch with both centre-backs being spread 70 yards apart from each-other when playing out from the back.

This signals intent and a highly confident Tim Sherwood, clearly he wants to establish a more passing game, rather than last season's tactic of knocking it long to Christian Benteke.

It's clear from these transfers and experimental styles of play, Tim Sherwood is tinkering with the dynamics of his squad, assessing which way to play to suit their strengths.

In summary, if I was part of the Villa faithful, my confidence in this team would be very high right now. Evidently, Sherwood has big plans, and it's just a matter of time to see if they work or not.

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