Alan Hutton has revealed that Aston Villa manager Dean Smith runs “very intense” training sessions over the international break and that he will be trying some new ideas with his players.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland international, who only left the midlands giants this summer at the end of his contract, says that those who remain at the club during the gap between league fixtures are still worked hard by the boss.

Villa have a number of players out on international duty, including the likes of Tyrone Mings with England, although it was confirmed Tom Heaton would remain at Bodymoor Heath after a minor injury issue.

Hutton says that this is the time for Smith to experiment with some new ideas across the pitch as he looks to build on last weekend’s 5-1 win over Norwich City but that the players will not be allowed to take things easy.

Hutton told Football Insider: “You’ve got 10 days give or take with the days off for rest that they’ll have. It’s a time where he can work, he can maybe try some new ideas, some new things on the training ground, put things into place because they’ve got time.

“I know they’ll still be working hard, he’s always done that, even last year when there were international breaks, the week was very intense should we say.

“They’ll be working hard but there’s plenty of time to work on new ideas.”

Smith’s men have won two of their eight Premier League games since earning promotion via the Championship play-offs last season, sitting 15th in the table on eight points.

Their next outing sees them take on Brighton at home, the Seagulls sitting one point and one place above them, before a tough run of games which include Manchester City, Wolves and Liverpool.

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