Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Alan Hutton says it is “brilliant” to see Aston Villa youngster Indiana Vassilev promoted to the first team after playing alongside him on the training ground.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the attacking starlet looked like one for the future when taking part with the senior side last season.

The 18-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder, a winger or a centre-forward, got his first taste of senior football in the FA Cup defeat to Fulham, while he also featured off the bench in the League Cup draw against Leicester.

With 26 minutes of first-team football under the youngster’s belt, Hutton says it is great to see future talents coming through but that it shows how thin the squad is at Villa Park.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He played with us a few times in the first-team, looked quite lively, a decent player. He’s obviously still very young so possibly one for the future.

“The way the situation is at the moment, with lacking numbers up top, it shows where Dean Smith is in terms of his striker options and that he obviously has to turn to the young boy.

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“Keinan Davis is still out with injury so they are very thin up top. On one hand, it’s brilliant to see a young boy coming through, he’s obviously doing well at his level to be training with the first-team and then to actually get game time.

“Good for him, he’s doing well but like I say they definitely need to bring somebody in and strengthen that area.” 

Vassilev has been a mainstay for the Villans’ reserve team this season, netting six goals in 13 Premier League 2 appearances.

He arrived at Villa Park back in 2017, signing from the IMG Academy in the USA.

In other Aston Villa news, Danny Mills says the club have tabled a bid for an attacker who is “clearly a talent”.