Sherwood is set to recall both Grealish and Gil back to the starting lineup, as the pair did not start in the defeat to Stoke last Premier League game week. Both midfielders add a much needed creative spark to Villa’s game, and both are capable of scoring goals as well. It’s believed that Sherwood will look to take on Chelsea and will step up his team with the intention of attack, as Villa look to score more goals and try to pick up some points after a 4 point game from 18th to 17th has emerged. Over the International break, Grealish has gone through a mini pre-season as Sherwood wants Grealish to build up fitness.
Assistant coach Ray Wilkins has backed manager Sherwood and believes that he can still inspire Villa to avoid relegation
“He’s an up-and-coming manager, he did extremely well at Tottenham and, let’s not forget, it was only six or seven months ago that we were in the FA Cup final and staved off relegation.
“We really shouldn’t be talking about this type of situation. We’ll get there, it’s going to be a lot of hard work but we’ll get there in the finish.” – Wilkins
Bringing Gil and Grealish back into the start 11 is a major boost for Villa. I think the pair are our best attacking midfielders, and, in the scenario of Gil, I believe he needs to be starting more often. I’d like to see Gil play in the in behind the striker and give him a good free role. Because in some previous games, when Gil was playing out wide on the right, he’d often float into the middle. It looks as though Gil would make a greater impact when playing in behind the striker than out wide. Plus that would leave space for either Traore or Ayew to play on the right hand side. Or, even place Grealish on the right and Sinclair on the left?
I’m going to stop speculating a possible starting 11, it will be different to the defeat against Stoke, but bringing Gil and Grealish back into the starting 11 is a positive move by Sherwood.