Alan Hutton has admitted he is growing concerned about the growing number of postponed fixtures for Aston Villa this season.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested Dean Smith’s squad are going to be stretched to their limit when all the Villans’ games are rescheduled for later in the campaign.
Villa confirmed on Monday that their clash with Tottenham, originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday, has been pushed back to a later date.
Aston Villa can confirm that Wednesday's scheduled fixture with Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed.
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Villa have already had their games against Manchester City, due to the Sky Blues’ European commitments, and Newcastle United, after a Covid-19 outbreak in the Magpies’ squad, postponed.
Hutton has admitted he thinks Smith is already lacking in terms of squad depth and that the prospect of several games in quick succession is a serious concern for the Villa boss.
Asked if he was worried about the prospective fixture pile-up, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, of course I do. I mean, I think that the third one now and they have to play catch up.
“The problem is all the teams round about you, if they’re playing the games, I know you’ve got the games in hand but you still need to win them, and you need to fit them in somewhere.
“Villa have got a strong first-team, I think the next progression for them is building the bigger squad, if you want, so you can rotate and things like that.
“Obviously, fatigue and things like that come into it, where are they going to fit these games in?
“Of course it’s a worry. It’s going to be big games that they are going to have to play so it’s a problem, but it’s one I’m sure Dean Smith will be able to deal with.”