So a 2-1 win against Leicester sends Villa into the FA Cup Quarter Final for the first time since 2010. Now a cup run does sound brilliant, but Aston Villa are languishing in 18th position in the league.
With 13 games left in the season, we’ve whipped out the calculators and tried to figure out how Sherwood will do with Villa. The man himself has boasted about his achievements at Spurs so let’s take a look shall we?
Tim Sherwood – 99 Problems. http://t.co/pDZttXF3XT
— Football Vines (@Vine_Football) February 19, 2015
Spurs goal scoring exploits under Sherwood’s gillet:
- Goals for: 48 (6 away, 32 home)
- 1st half: 12
- 2nd half: 36
It has taken Pochettino 25 games to win the same number of matches. All this gave Timmy 1.9 points per game. In terms of mulah, if you had put a tenner on every game before Sherwood was put in charge, you would have been down 19.80… Spurs under Sherwood would have seen you in profit 58.50.
Okay so a decent start, but what of the quality of opposition? Interestingly, during his time in charge Sherwood failed to beat any team above him losing heavily to City, Chelsea, Liverpool and twice to Arsenal. They were dumped out of the FA Cup, the League Cup and limped out of the Europa League after a poor performance to Benfica.
In five games his team shipped three or more goals. Slightly worrying for Villa fans, especially how their season has gone at the opposite end of the field. But! The man did bring Spurs from 7th to 6th last season and got them back into the Europa League. What’s more is that Adebayor experienced some kind of resurrection under Tim and scored 14 goals in Sherwood’s 28 games in charge. Ah Mr. Benteke, Mr. Sherwood will see you now.
Aston Villa’s previous three seasons has seen them finish in 16th, 15th and 15th. Not very inspiring and to make matters worse Aston Villa’s run in includes four teams from the top six, and three more from the top 10. 11th and 12th spot are occupied by Newcastle and Everton – so now you can see the challenge Sherwood faces.
Villa’s defence have conceded 34 goals this year. Spurs are in 6th and have let in the same number. Would it be too obvious if I said there was a serious problem with scoring goals this season? The season started so brightly for them, sitting in 3rd after five games, but it was already evident that the shooting boots were left at home. They had scored only four goals. In the remaining 13 games last season Villa scored two goals. Sherwood might have his work cut out for him.
He definitely doesn’t make it hard to take le piss out of him. He puts himself in a barrel of water, loads a shotgun and hands it to you:
Tim Sherwood maintains his keen eye for bullsh*t… pic.twitter.com/mRIjAJ8ifw
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 17, 2015
But can he do it on a cold wet night in Stoke? Well we’ll have to wait. Stoke come to Villa Park on Saturday for Sherwood’s first game in charge.
Small bit of advice though Villa fans, if it is still 0-0 at half time fear not, 75% of Sherwood’s Spurs goals came in the second half.
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