Alan Hutton has delivered his personal insight on Aston Villa owner Wes Edens after he outlined his bold ambition for the club to be a Champions League regular.
The former Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, revealed how the American businessman brought a “positive” energy to the club back in 2018.
Edens, who bought the club alongside Nassef Sawiris, has suggested it would be “very reasonable” to take the Villans back to the top of English football after enjoying a period of success with his NBA side the Milwaukee Bucks.
Hutton, who spent his final year as a player at Villa under the new owners, admits it is no surprise to hear the 58-year-old making bold claims about where he wants to see the club.
Hutton told Football Insider: “They’ve always had massive ambition, they came in with massive ambition so it doesn’t surprise me. Obviously that’s the long-term goal but the immediate goal is to stay in the league.
“It’s not if I know, I do know that’s (top four) where they see themselves in the future, they’re going to have to spend money to get there. They’re businessmen that have worked through their whole lives with high target levels.
“When they arrived we had a few meetings and you could just tell from the language they used, their body language, the way they are, they’re very positive in what they see the future at Aston Villa being.
“They wanted to get that across to everybody, that this is our plan for the future, to be challenging in the top half of the league, which is brilliant, as a player that’s excellent.”
Asked by Bloomburg reporter Ed Hammonds if he could get Villa back into the top four, Edens said: “I think it’s very reasonable. I’m an impatient man, so we want it all to happen tomorrow. But if there is one thing I take away from the Bucks experience is that style of play really matters and once you commit to a style of play, everything takes care of itself.
“Our goal is to be one of the top clubs in the world, play in all the major competitions, do all those things.”
In other Aston Villa news, Hutton claims a 2019/20 signing will be leaving the club this summer.