Manager Tim Sherwood has given his thoughts on both Idrissa Gana and Gary Gardner with them both potentially/hopefully in contention for this weekend’s game.
Beginning with summer arrival Gana of of the former Gueye name badge, Sherwood told the Official Site that he felt the midfielder would have a ‘monsterous’ impact in the team when fully fit and settled at the club.
‘Idrissa is such a small guy off the pitch. You look at him and his stature is very small. But when he’s on the pitch he looks like a monster. He plays like that. We just hope we can start putting some points together so people start recognizing the actual contribution he’s making because it’s very easy when the team lose to say everyone is not very good. That’s not the case. There are some good performances out there, certainly from Idrissa.’
Sherwood went on to say that he was ‘unfortunate’ to have picked up the injury he did because he was settling well and winning fans over with his performances, and since he’s been out the gaffer believes we’ve definitely missed his bite in the middle of the park.
‘I think he is the player who has come in and settled quicker than anyone. The game can’t be quick enough for him. Sometimes the Premier League is very quick for these guys and they wonder what they have come into. But Idrissa has taken to it like a duck to water – very well. He’s certainly one I want to take into the trenches.’
As for Gardner who has again had a tough time with injuries so far this year as he looks to really get his Villa career going after his impressive loan spell with Nottingham Forest last year, Sherwood went on to say that he was convinced that he would have a big future and impact with us as well – as long as we can keep him fit.
With Gardner back in training now for the first time in two months, he’s working with the Under 21s to build himself up and whilst he’s fit so to speak, it doesn’t sound like Sherwood will consider the 23 year old for this weekend – probably preferring to get an Under 21 game or two under his belt first.
‘I am really pleased for Gary. He worked very hard in pre-season and was very unfortunate to get the injury at a poor time for him. We will make sure we don’t rush him back. He’s back out training and integrating with the U21s at the moment so they can tailor a session to what he needs. Then we will bring him back accordingly. We won’t be rushing him because, unfortunately for him, he’s had a lot of injuries at a very young age. We have to make sure they don’t keep reoccurring.’
Having seen Gardner in action during pre season, Sherwood went on to say he had been impressed with what he’s saw so he has hope for the future, but again it’s about Gardner keeping himself fit now and then making an impact when the opportunity arrives.
As is a common theme in article comments at the moment – maybe we can stick him on corner duty?
‘I thought he did really well in pre-season. He was applying himself great. We didn’t have all the new players in by then. We have bought in several players since pre-season. Gary was having every opportunity to play and was doing well. I was impressed with him. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do this side of the injury. It’s about getting up to speed and dropping him into the team if he warrants it.’
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