Alan Hutton has been left raving over the performances of the “brilliant” Ezri Konsa at Aston Villa this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland defender admits the 22-year-old is going under the radar in comparison to some of the bigger stars at the club.
The centre-back, who joined from Brentford back in 2019, has helped the Villans keep a clean sheet in both of their opening Premier League games, including in Monday’s 3-0 win over Fulham.
Partnered alongside Tyrone Mings, Konsa was tasked with keeping the Londoners’ Serbian talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic quiet at Cravan Cottage.
Hutton has lauded the defender for his form in 2020 and insists Dean Smith has built a formidable partnership at the heart of the backline.
Asked if he thought Konsa was going under the radar in comparison to the likes of Grealish and Mings, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, he’s been playing brilliant, I think it was a position that was up for grabs from the end of last season to the start of this season.
“He’s really kind of nailed it down and made it his own. He came in at the restart at right-back and he seemed to make the defensive more solid, he just wants to defend, he doesn’t want to overcomplicate it, he wants to defend and he does that a high level.
“Him and Mings really complement each other and it was a tough task, up against Mitrovic – he’s a strong customer, very fiery so it was going to be a difficult night for him but I thought he handled it really well.”
Konsa has played 33 times for Villa since his move last summer, with 27 Premier League appearances under his belt.
Smith also has the likes of Bjorn Engels and Kortney Hause to call upon at centre-back.
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