‘Ligue 1 is where the value is’ – Sherwood

Date published: Sunday 2nd August 2015 12:31

With the sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph bringing in over £40million to the club this summer, Sherwood has overseen nine signings in a whirlwind summer at Villa Park.

As well as making Scott Sinclair’s loan deal permanent, Sherwood has drafted in Micah Richards, Mark Bunn (both free), Idrissa Gueye (£9million), Jordan Amavi (£7.7million), Jordan Ayew (£10million), Jose Angel Crespo (£500,000), Rudy Gestede and Jordan Veretout (£6million).

While Sinclair and Richards represent the only additions with Premier League experience, Sherwood believes that the battle he faces to ensure his new charges ‘gel’ is made easier by the similarities French football – from where four of his signings arrive – shares with the Premier League.

“Ligue 1 is a market where I think the football resembles the Premier League so the transition should be easier for the guys,” the Villa boss told the Daily Mail. “They are all a good fit for the club.”

“Ligue 1 is where the value is. We’re not buying guys who are cheap. They are good value in our opinion.”

“We’re going to try to make that transition as soon as possible. They’re players willing to learn and they appreciate that it’s a step up.

“It’s my job to get them to gel. We will do morning and afternoon sessions and play plenty of 11-a-sides to make sure they get used to it straight away.”

Sherwood reserved particular praise for his two new strikers, “star in the making” Jordan Ayew and “bargain” Rudy Gestede, who will be tasked with replacing the goals of Benteke.

“Everyone talks about Jordan Rhodes at Blackburn but Rudy outscored him,” said Sherwood. “People are talking about £11million for Rhodes, so we’ve got a bargain with Rudy.”

After seeing Benteke and Delph leave for Liverpool and Manchester City respectively this summer, Sherwood admits he hopes his new players “outgrow this club” in the future in similar fashion.

Sherwood added that money raised from the sale of players has been spent as wisely as possible.

“We don’t want to sell our best players. But as we’ve seen in the past few weeks, sometimes we can’t stop them going and you have to rebuild.

“So we hope we come to the situation where they outgrow this club but they will have to do very well to outgrow a club the size of Villa.

“We have still got the capability of making money on them but that’s not what we want to do.

‘We can’t worry about what we’ve lost. That’s done, it’s my job to rebuild this football club and make us competitive next season.”

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