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Tim Sherwood explains why he signed Micah Richards

Micah Richards

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has explained why he signed Micah Richards, insisting the England defender will bring a “winning mentality” to the club.

Richards picked up Barclays Premier League and FA Cup winners’ medals in his time at Manchester City but spent last season on loan at Fiorentina before agreeing a four-year deal with Villa on Wednesday.

“Micah is a winner. He helped Manchester City win their first Premier League title in 44 years, has won the FA Cup and has played in the Champions League,” Sherwood told the official Villa website.

“So we are signing a player who is used to winning football matches. I want players with that winning mentality here.

“And we are also signing a player at his peak.

“At 26, we are getting him when he should be producing the best football of his career.”

Richards made nearly 250 appearances for City after making his debut as a 17-year-old but found his first-team opportunities increasingly limited under Manuel Pellegrini before he left for Italy.

The Birmingham-born defender has won 13 England caps but he has not played for the national team since refusing to go on Roy Hodgson’s standby list for Euro 2012.

But Sherwood feels that Richards can emulate Tom Cleverley who revived his England career during his loan spell at Villa last season.

“Micah has played international football for England in the past and if he performs as well as I know he can for Aston Villa then there is no reason why he can’t get back to that level again,” Sherwood said.

“Tom Cleverley’s form at the end of the season for us got him back in the England squad so Micah knows he will get a platform here to push for that.

“He is a player who can play in a number of positions. He can play right-back, centre-half and also in a three man defence so his versatility is another real positive.

“When I spoke with Micah it was clear how determined he is to get his career back on track and I’ve every confidence he will recapture the form and quality he displayed before he moved over to Italy.

“He had a lot of choices but I’m delighted he chose Aston Villa.”

 

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. StellaWasAlwaysDown

    June 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Let drywall Ron go, keep Hutton on right, and meld Richards with Clark in the middle. A much better defense than last year already!

    • Flyvanescence

      June 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      If you put Meeks at CB prepare for a disaster. Honestly, love the guy, but that run of injuries a couple years ago ruined him. The high point of his career was in 2011 on the Day Old Trafford Fell.

      Hope it works out for him though; great guy.

      • StellaWasAlwaysDown

        June 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        Don’t bring me down! lol

        Hutton definitely can’t play anywhere else so we would be stuck using him as a backup. I like him getting forward too much (like Bacuna) to sit him. I think he and others like that will be needed for Sherwood’s plans.

        I hope he works out too. We are due for a good City-related signing and with Sinclair we might get two!

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