Exclusive: Hutton claims Villa 'Great player' will be first out the door

Alan Hutton is in no doubt that Danny Drinkwater will not be at Aston Villa next season after his disappointing loan spell.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he feels for the 30-year-old after what has been another frustrating season for him.

The Chelsea midfielder joined Dean Smith’s men after playing just twice for Burnley during the first half of the season but has struggled to nail down a starting place with the Villans.

With just four appearances under his belt, Hutton admits Drinkwater has failed to impress after being thrown in the deep end by the manager.

Asked if the midfielder will be first out the exit door when the season ends, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yes, I just don’t think it’s worked and I do feel for him to be honest because he’s a great player, he looks like a great guy. 

“He’s had his injury problems, it’s not worked out wherever he’s went and the same things happened at Villa at the moment. We all know how good he was when he was at Leicester, he got the move to Chelsea which didn’t quite work out.

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“It’s just not working here. I know how difficult it can be, he’s been thrown in – his first game was against Manchester City and from not playing for a long time, being out with injury, I know how tough that is.

“Even if you miss four, five weeks and you go into a Premier League it’s hard, never mind if you’ve missed the season. I did feel for him, they were trying to get him up to speed and I think it was just a bridge too far. It’s not quite worked out.” 

Drinkwater endured a nightmare debut for Villa, playing 79 minutes of a 6-1 defeat to Manchester City.

He has tasted victory just once with the club, featuring for less than an hour in a 2-1 win over Watford – both of Villa’s goals coming after he had been substituted.

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