I may live to regret having written this piece in another month or two but at this moment in time I have to mention our attacking threat and how lethal we look going forward.
When Sherwood came in, Villa fans were united in their desire to see a more attacking, pacey team that could hit teams with a sting. This is ultimately why Paul Lambert got the sack: his possession style of football gave us nothing going forward. This style was a boring one that gave the crowd nothing to get excited about and the atmosphere suffered, as we had only scored fourteen goals in all competitions at the time of Lambert’s departure.
Since Sherwood’s arrival, this has all changed. We have seen the team transformed. Since Sherwood took charge, counting the second half against Leicester in the FA Cup, we have scored a total of eleven goals in all competitions! Eleven goals in six gamesis music to all Villa fans’ ears.
Although Sherwood’s job is to motivate his players and pick the teams, he can’t score the goals. He still needs the attacking players to do their jobs and I believe we are starting to see how he is getting the best out of them. I was one of the first to jump on the Gabby Agbonlahor hate train but I have to say that he has been excellent for us in the last few games, playing both as a winger and a striker, netting once against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, although he could have had three, and twice against Sunderland. Sherwood is beginning to make him look like the future England star who could conquer the league that Agbonlahor was when he was younger. If he keeps up this form, Gabby could become a vital Villa goalscorer once again.
Also, Benteke looks like a threat again, scoring the winning goal against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League with an ice-cold penalty as well as bagging a brace from open play against Sunderland on Saturday.
I have to praise Sinclair as well, who, if we can tie him down to a permanent contract, will be a massive boost for us.
As Sherwood has acknowledged, these players can’t score if they don’t have the chances created for them by the midfield. Recently, Cleverley has stopped being a crab and is posing a real threat on the attack. The induction of N’Zogbia in the central-attacking role has offered the team more creativity going forward. Additionally, we have Gil on the bench and he has shown us exactly what he can offer going forward.
It is great to Sherwood getting more out of virtually every player on the pitch. Everybody looks re-energised and for once it is nice to look at teams above us in the table instead of worrying about those below us.