Tim Sherwood’s five-step plan to revive Aston Villa: How charismatic boss can prove his salt this summer


3. Build the team around Fabian Delph

Delph is undoubtedly one of the finest English central midfielders in the game right now. He can shoot, pass, possesses vision and a tenacity that makes him a serious competitor. He can do it all, but he can’t do it all on his own. As the season went on, Tom Cleverley grew into his role to help lighten the load, and either Ashley Westwood or Carlos Sanchez came in to back him up in front of the defence.

Delph is literally the driving force of Villa’s midfield, and anything good will likely come from his involvement. However, he may benefit from someone with a touch more experience next to him. One of the reason’s Villa were so good under Martin O’Neil was because they had Gareth Barry and Stiliyan Petrov patrolling the middle. Delph can drive forward where they couldn’t, but he’ll need outlets for his efforts from wide positions.

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