A new image has surfaced on a British tabloid that looked at who signed who. The signings made by Aston Villa in the summer transfer window were made between Sherwood and chief scout Reilly.
As you can see, the transfers made by Sherwood were predominately more experienced players, and preferably had experience in English leagues. Whilst Reilly focused more on young players and the odd bargain. Based on this graph, the majority of Sherwood’s signings have been good. Richards, Gana, and Gestede have done well for Aston Villa. Bunn is a good backup keeper but can’t be categorised into one side or the toher. Whilst Reilly’s additions have not played too much, with the exception of Amavi, the majority have often found places on the substitutes bench.
Most of the signings have done alright, but they just need to play more. The players that have disappointed the most have been the players already at the club. The likes of Westwood, Sanchez, Agbonlahor and Bacuna do need to step up.
It’s difficult to make a conclusion on this, some signings have been good, medicore or poor from both Sherwood or Reilly. But what could be said is that Reilly has a large influence over Aston Villa and the type of players that were brought in by Reilly show that he and the board of Aston Villa want to build more for the future. Whilst Sherwood wants more experienced and established players in the side. At the same time it’s important to point out that Reilly most likely recommended these players to Sherwood, and it was most likely Sherwood who had the final say. At least that’s what I assume.
No matter who brought who, Sherwood needs to understand that he has these players and should utilise them. The goal for Sherwood is to find the best starting 11 and make sure that those 11 players can play well together.