By Alan Hutton

11th Nov, 2020 | 12:00pm

'Going to aim real high' - Exclusive: Villa tipped to replace 'Brilliant' duo in 2021 by Hutton

Alan Hutton has tipped Aston Villa to replace both Neil Taylor and Ahmed Elmohamady with new signings at the end of the season.

The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the pair of full-backs for their service to the Villans but suggested they will be allowed to leave next summer.

Both Taylor and Elmohamady, who joined in January and June 2017 respectively, are set to be out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

The pair have played backup to Matt Targett and Matty Cash so far this season and have made just two Premier League appearances between them.

Hutton has lauded the duo for their service to Villa but suggested they would both be replaced next year.

Asked if he thought Villa would be targeting a new left-back, Hutton told Football Insider: I would have thought so, next season probably – Neil Taylor, is this his last year, possibly?

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“I think the way Villa are going at the moment, the first season’s about staying up, the next season is about progression – which has definitely happened – and next season, depending on where they finish, they’re either going to aim real high, or they’re going to be happy where they are.

“You’re going to need competition in the likes of left-back, I think Targett has done really well. Yes, he did struggle at the start his career – at Villa, that is – but he’s definitely found his feet at the moment.

“Moving forward, with Tayls’ contract probably running out there, I think they will look for competition in that area. It will be the same for right-back.

“Obviously, I love Elmo to bits, I think he’s done absolutely brilliant at Villa but I think it will be the same at right-back where they might look to bring some competition for Matty Cash. This is me talking about the future, moving forward, that’s just how it is.” 

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