Villa under LambertUnder Paul Lambert Villa were renowned for being a counter attacking side using the pace of players such as Agbonlahor and the determined hardworking midfield players like Fabian Delph. They were very one dimensional feeding long balls time after time to Benteke for the midfield to get the knock downs there was no dribbling no creative passing just high balls to Benteke. When Benteke was out Villa struggled because they didn't have that reference point up front.
Lambert mainly used a 4-3-3 this enabled Villa to keep there shape well as the wide players tucked in but time after time you saw Benteke getting isolated and the long balls were useless as the opposition would just recover the ball easily then villa would have to retreat back into their low block and absorb unnecessary pressure again.
Will Sherwood change the team shape and go something a little bit more adventurous. On Saturday he Started with a normal 4-5-1 and throughout the game Villa looked clumsy unadventurous and the game was pretty drab Tim Sherwood did however change to a 4-4-2 as we saw at Tottenham which he did on many occasions this sometimes work or as we saw in the 6-0 defeat to Chelsea last season doesn't . The switch to the 4-4-2 did however bring Sinclair into the game more. Surprisingly defensively Villa wasn't as good and going forward they were wasteful.
With all that to Consider Villa have been built as a counter attacking side by Lambert but over his time there they've just became a boring average defensive team. 4-4-2 might be a little bit outdated to use from the start but if used correctly alongside a variant of a 4-3-3/ 4-2-3-1 Sherwood may have success. Also Villa need not be so reliant on Benteke and with the signing of Sinclair which i think is a fantastic one they may start to be more exciting and more devastating in the final third.
The board at villa just need to give Sherwood freedom in the transfer market because i believe he'll make some good signings that will bring excitement to Villa but as for now surviving relegation and picking up points is his main priority.