Alan Hutton insists it is a “matter of time” before Trezeguet is axed from the Aston Villa starting XI for Bertrand Traore.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the 25-year-old has shown signs of improvement but that it is inevitable he will be replaced by the summer signing in the near future.

The Egypt international has started both of the Villans’ Premier League games this season, having missed just four top-flight games last term.

However, Hutton believes that Traore’s arrival has put Trezeguet under serious pressure and claims that the new arrival will eventually take his place on the wing.

Hutton told Football Insider: “This is probably one of the first times his space has come up, pressure on his shoulders, somebody breathing down his neck.

“I think Traore will come in when he’s ready, he’s obviously still getting up to speed and I think when he’s 100 per cent he will come in but I think it’s spurred Trezeguet on.

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“He does do good in certain areas but it looks like sometimes he can calm down a little bit, pick up that final pass a little bit better. He has improved, he is trying to be more consistent, he’s working hard, I think that’s one of the main things I can see. 

“He is doing half decent but I think it is a matter of time before Traore comes in and starts.” 

Trezeguet netted seven goals and contributed three assists in 41 appearances across all competitions for Villa after his arrival last summer.

He scored three times in the Villans’ final four games to help them to crucial wins over Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their fight for survival.

In other Aston Villa news, Darren Bent claims that the Villans must return to the transfer market after major development.