Tim Sherwood on the hunt for quality to improve Aston Villa

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It looks like Tim Sherwood is looking to find top quality players to bring in to Aston Villa for next season. It must have hurt to see his side dismantled comprehensively by Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. He had that look about him as the cameras cut to see his expression as the Arsenal goals went in.

Well, to me it looked like a mix of disbelief at his side's lack of belief in carrying out his instructions and a realisation of the task ahead of him. Then the determined jaw jutted out which seemed to say: 'I will put this right'.

For me, Sherwood is an English Jurgen Klopp - a young English manager with total belief in his own ability. A mandatory requirement for any manager looking for success at the top level. I believe of all the English managers out there Sherwood possesses the tools required to succeed.

The first part of that plan must be to instill belief into your team - something Sherwood had done right up to the final - it was just one of those days when the real Arsenal turned up and at their best they are as good as any team on the planet.

The next part of the plan must be to instil belief into the owners - and get the backing where it matters - in purchasing the right kind of player to enhance what he has already got. To this end, it looks like Sherwood is being backed in the transfer market. He needs to recruit players who can hit the ground running, adding quality on the field and a strong mentality - the same will-to-win that Tim Sherwood possesses.

A player Sherwood has identified who fits that bill is Lille's Idrissa Gueye, a box-to-box midfielder who can tackle, pass and run well with or without the ball in the position known as the link-man, something that Santi Cazorla plays so well for Arsenal.


Gueye is an all-round midfielder who sets the tempo of play in much the same way as Cazorla, he isn't quite in Cazorla's class - Yet, but there is great optimism surrounding the player's future.

According to reports Aston Villa will soon be announcing the player in what is thought to be around a £9m deal. The road for Tim Sherwood to rebuild the Aston Villa team in his image starts here. Gueye looks to be a good purchase for Tim if he can get it over the line.

One attribute we don't doubt in Mr Sherwood is his man management skills - just ask the players who have worked with him in his short time as a manager - getting a tune from players who have all the talent in the world - but manager after manager have given up trying, like striker Emmanuel Adebayor.


Sherwood succeeded where others have failed and he can do the same for Micah Richards, an almost forgotten talent. And he knows how to spot a player too - it is no secret that he fought hard to promote Harry Kane during his short tenure at Tottenham Hotspur among others there, and Jack Grealish at Aston Villa too. If he can acquire a few gems in the transfer market he will polish them up, of that you can be certain.

It looks like Idrissa Gueye is an unpolished gem that fits the bill. 

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