Alan Hutton has lauded Trezeguet for his attitude after being axed from the Aston Villa starting XI against Southampton.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted he was impressed with the 26-year-old’s character after he replaced the injured Bertrand Traore after 30 minutes.

The Egypt international had started the opening five Premier League games of the season but was dropped to the bench as Dean Smith handed the Burkina Faso star his first league start against the Saints.

A groin injury forced Traore off early and Trezeguet played just over an hour of action in the 4-3 defeat.

Hutton has heralded the 2019 signing for his attitude after being dropped by Smith, although he admitted the winger was “a bit headless chicken” at times.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I actually liked his attitude, if I’m honest. It’s easy for a player to get dropped or rotated, whatever you want to call it, and kind of throw your toys out the pram or sulk about it.

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“He came on after whatever it was, 20, 30 minutes or something, and he really showed he was really ready to fight for the position.

“He was hungry, he was ratting about, he was closing people down – yes, it was sometimes a bit headless chicken but you could see he wanted to prove a point, which I liked.

“He was showing the manager: ‘I should be playing.’ He has been given a lot of opportunities and I still believe the place is up for grabs but it’s up to one of them to take it.”

Trezeguet has chipped in with two assists in his seven appearances this season, all but two of which have come in the starting XI.

He has a total of seven goals and five assists under his belt in 48 games for Villa.

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