Aston Villa manager Dean Smith


Aston Villa manager Dean Smith needs hard-working and energetic players like summer signing Trezeguet to make his game plan work, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa man, who left Smith’s side over the summer, says that there is a definite need for dynamic players who can get about the pitch when playing the style of football the manager wants.

Egyptian international Trezeguet arrived from Turkish side Kasimpasa over the summer and has established himself as a regular in the side, starting five of the club’s opening six Premier League games having been suspended for the other.

Hutton has heralded the 24-year-old’s performances and says Smith has a need of players who are going to do plenty of running, noting how much Albert Adomah offered on the wing both in attack and defence on the way to promotion.

Speaking about the Egyptian winger’s energy levels, Hutton told Football Insider: “You need that, especially the way Dean Smith plays. You look at us last year, people like Albert Adomah, people like this, who gave you a lot going forward but also work very hard going back.

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“He likes the players who work hard, the likes of Trezeguet, John McGinn, Hourihane, these types of people. You can’t just have people who go away willy nilly and do their own thing. 

“You need workers also and he’s definitely got it ingrained in him.”

Trezeguet was sent off in the clash against Crystal Palace earlier this season, seeing red for two yellow cards in the space of 10 minutes.

He scored 25 goals in 71 appearances for Kasimpasa before moving to Villa Park, with a further 18 assists under his belt for the Turkish side.

In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has suggested that a rarely-seen Villa player could take the place of an ever-present in the side against Burnley.