By Alan Hutton

23rd Nov, 2021 | 12:00pm

Hutton issues Aston Villa training ground claim after being 'wowed' by ex-teammate

Alan Hutton has suggested Steven Gerrard’s arrival will have raised the standards of training at Aston Villa.

The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the new manager’s appointment will have had a similar impact to when John Terry joined the club in his playing days.

The Villans kicked off Gerrard’s reign with a 2-0 win over Brighton at home on Saturday.

Speaking prior to the game, as quoted by the Mirror, Gerrard insisted the Villa players needed to deliver more both individually and collectively.

However, he admitted he would require more time on the training ground with them to analyse the squad to get the best out of them.

Hutton suggested Gerrard’s appointment alone would be enough to take things to new heights at Bodymoor Heath.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think he’s the type of guy that will get the best out of everybody.

“He’ll raise the standards. That is not disrespectful to Dean Smith in any sort of way. It’s just I remember when John Terry came in, for a start.

“He stood up, gave us all a speech and after it I was like, ‘wow, I’m ready to go here, that was brilliant’. He was a proper motivator.

“I see Steven Gerrard in the same way. The respect for him will go through the roof, they’ll want to run through brick walls for him.

“Everybody’s game will raise. It’s obviously the defence that he needs to get right again. He’s done that at Rangers so I presume that’s what he’ll be targeting at the moment.”

Aston Villa currently sit 15th in the Premier League table.

Their next match will see them visit Crystal Palace on Saturday.

In other news, Gerrard has given the green light for Dean Smith signing to be sold in January.