Alan Hutton believes that Aston Villa will be looking to sign another striker this January because new arrival Mbwana Samatta is “unproven in the Premier League”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Villa full-back suggested it would be tough for the new addition to hit the ground running in the “toughest league in the world”.

The Tanzanian international joins the Villans having scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season, including a header against Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League.

Samatta has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Dean Smith’s men, who moved out of the relegation zone on Tuesday night after a dramatic late victory against Watford.

Alan Hutton says, although the striker has a good track record, he may find it difficult to adapt to the English top flight.

The former Scotland international told Football Insider: “He has scored a lot of goals but he is unproven in the Premier League. It is the toughest league in the world.

“I imagine they are looking at another because you cannot pin your hopes on somebody that is unproven in the league.

“He could come in and hit the ground running so, we will have to wait and see. His track record is good so hopefully, he can do the same for Villa.”

Manager Dean Smith has been forced to play Anwar El Ghazi as a makeshift striker of late following the news that summer signing Wesley was ruled out with a season-ending injury.

The newly-promoted side faces a pivotal week in their season as they face Leicester City in the semi-final of the League Cup before an away trip to relegation rivals Bournemouth.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson believes Villa midfielder will prove to be a good signing once he regains fitness.