Aston Villa

Alan Hutton believes Trezeguet should be the “most scared” of being axed from the Aston Villa starting XI after Friday’s defeat to Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland star believes that the wing role is up for grabs despite the 26-year-old’s extended run in the side.

The Egypt international has started every one of the Villans’ five Premier League games this season but has chipped in with just one assist so far.

He has summer signing Bertrand Traore, who replaced him from the bench against Leeds, to battle with for a place in the side.

Hutton insists that no attacking players came away with much credit from the 3-0 defeat but that Trezeguet looks most likely to drop out.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I mean, if you look at the whole Aston Villa team, it’s the position that is up for grabs, in my opinion.

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“Obviously they paid a lot of money for Traore so he’s had to wait for his opportunity. I thought Trezeguet was quiet (v Leeds) but I think you have to look at the whole team, they never got the service that they would want.

“They defended really deep and when they eventually got the ball back, there was nothing, there were no options, Leeds were swarming all over them. It was a difficult night for all the attacking players.

“He’s probably the one that’s most scared of losing his position.” 

Trezeguet has made a total of 47 appearances since joining Villa from Kasimpasa last summer.

He played a crucial role in the club’s Premier League survival last season with three goals in the final four games to seal wins over Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

In other Aston Villa news: ‘Wow, unbelievable’ – Hutton stunned by what he saw from watching Leeds in person.