Former Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is not surprised with the club’s recent dip in form.
Villa started the season brightly but their form has dropped off considerably in recent weeks, with an injury to Jack Grealish proving to be a devastating blow.
Sherwood has revealed that he expected the Villans to regress as the season went on.
He said (via Birmingham Mail): “They are probably where I expected them to be this season. Probably a little bit higher by one or two positions.
“It was such a great start by Dean (Smith), but I always felt that the wheels would come off, and they have started to come off.
“But hopefully, they don’t completely fly off. It’s a good time to play Villa without Grealish.”
Villa are currently tenth in the table, having won just one of their last five Premier League matches. At one point, they were chasing a top-four finish.
Smith will be hoping to help his side turn around their recent form. The Midlands club could still push for a top-six finish if they can bounce back strongly in the coming weeks.
Grealish is also expected to return from his injury soon, and that will certainly help Villa improve.
Villa have been overly reliant on the playmaker for creativity, and they have struggled to create goalscoring opportunities in his absence. The form of Ollie Watkins has also suffered.
The likes of Ross Barkley were expected to step up in Grealish’ absence, but the on-loan Chelsea midfielder has been underwhelming.