May 04, 2015 09:40:53 UK
Tim Sherwood has said his Aston Villa side “might be a lot different” next season – and urged Christian Benteke to commit his future.
In-form Belgium striker Benteke scored his 11th goal in nine matches in all competitions on Saturday as the Midlanders beat Everton 3-2 to move up to 14th in the Premier League and ease their relegation fears.
“Let’s hope they all follow suit. But I believe even if we didn’t make a signing we wouldn’t be in this position again.”
Villa are two points clear of the top-flight drop-zone after Sunderland eked out a crucial 2-1 win against Southampton.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of his desire to beef up his attacking options in the summer and has been credited with an interest in Benteke.
Sherwood hopes his striker will follow the lead set by England midfielder Fabian Delph, who signed a new four-year deal in January, and end speculation about his future.
“This club might be a lot different [next season],” he told reporters.
“I can’t think of too many footballers who would have signed a four-year deal like Fabian Delph did when he could have gone to the top four.
“Maybe Aston Villa is a club they want to show loyalty to. Let’s hope they all follow suit. But I believe even if we didn’t make a signing we wouldn’t be in this position again.”
The race for survival is likely to go down to the final day of the Premier League and Sherwood revealed he will not be paying attention to results of other clubs.
“I have driven myself mad since I have been at the club looking at tables and permutations, other peoples’ fixtures,” he said.
“I have made a pact that I won’t do that. It is a tough enough job trying to look at what we are doing at Villa, never mind looking at everyone else’s results. You can’t look at it. It drives you mad.”
Aston Villa are currently priced 17.00 to be relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
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