Danny Mills has rejected Emiliano Martinez’s claim that Aston Villa can finish in the top six this season despite the “great signing” of Ollie Watkins and the marquee Ross Barkley coup.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Manchester City and England full back claimed the club do not have enough strength in depth to mount a challenge for the European spots.

Martinez told the Telegraph earlier this week that his new club had their eye on a top six finish after their impressive start to the season.

The Midlands giants currently sit in sixth place, just three points behind league leaders Leicester City with a game in hand.

They’ve already beaten the Foxes this season and have also picked up impressive wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.

However, Mills has questioned whether they can sustain their outstanding form.

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He told Football Insider“Top six? I’m not sure when you look at the clubs that are going to be in and around it.

“Do Villa have the sustainability to do that? 

“They’ve had a great start to the season. They’ve got some good players and have made some decent signings.

“Ollie Watkins is a great signing, Ross Barkley is a very good signing as well, so that’s encouraging.

“To get yourselves in to the top six, when you’ve got the likes of Wolves, Everton and Southampton. Getting into that top six is going to be very, very difficult.”

Martinez, Barkley and Watkins all moved to Villa Park during the summer transfer window.

All three of them have not missed a minute of Premier League action for Villa since their moves from Arsenal, Chelsea and Brentford, respectively.

In other Aston Villa news, Alex McLeish has claimed John Terry may be in line to quit the club for a “huge” new job.