According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is planning to ship out defenders Matt Lowton, Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho this summer, which means the infamously gung-ho gaffer’s first ever signing may end up being at the back.
Ron Vlaar is far from certain to stay in the Midlands when his contract runs out next month, which would leave Jores Okore, Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark at centre-half going into the campaign.
Meanwhile, Lowton and Cissokho’s departures would see Sherwood’s full-back ranks reduced to just Alan Hutton, Kieran Richardson and Leandro Bacuna, with the latter pair really converted wingers.
Sherwood may have kept Villa up after taking over from Paul Lambert in February, but theirs was hardly a Lazarus-esque resurrection; the Scot was sacked with his side only just in the relegation zone, two points off 15th-placed Sunderland in 18th.
They ended the season just one spot higher, three points ahead of doomed Hull in 17th having barely improved on their points-per-game average under Lambert earlier in the campaign.
Furthermore, after holding the joint-tenth best defensive record in the league prior to Sherwood’s appointment, Villa ended 2014/15 with the third worst.
Simply put, the former Premier League-winning captain needs fresh blood at the back whether he wants to lose a few bodies or not, but having never signed a player, either in his six-month stint as Tottenham boss or so far with Villa, it’s tough to predict who he’ll target.
As it happens, a couple of Sherwood’s former White Hart Lane centre-half stalwarts look set to be on their way out of north London.
Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to give perma-crock Younes Kaboul the captain’s armband at Spurs last summer proved just as crazy a call as it seemed at the time, with the Frenchman not starting a Premier League game from early November onwards.
The 29-year-old was reportedly fit for most of the campaign though, and Sherwood started Kaboul in practically every top-flight match he could get him on the pitch for during the second half of 2013/14, so he must be a fan.
Romania international Vlad Chiriches also saw plenty of game-time at Spurs under Sherwood, starting 12 of the 28 all-competition fixtures the Hertfordshire native took charge for.
Chiriches, who can also fill in at right-back, is another that looks out in the cold with Pochettino at the Lilywhites helm, meaning he would be relatively easy to get.
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