Hutton raises fears over 'unhappy' Aston Villa stars as El Ghazi bid launched
Alan Hutton has admitted a move to Roma “could be good” for Anwar El Ghazi if he is not going to play at Aston Villa.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Dean Smith would find it tough to keep all his wingers happy next season.
As revealed by Football Insider on Sunday (July 25th), Roma have launched a bid for the 26-year-old, with Smith ready to sell.
A Villa source has told this site (July 28th) Aston Villa would be willing to cash in for around £15million.
As well as El Ghazi, Villa have Bertrand Traore, Jack Grealish, new arrival Emi Buendia and long-term injury absentee Trezeguet as options out wide.
However, Smith is still looking to add to his ranks.
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As revealed by Football Insider last week (July 23rd), Villa have had a £30million bid for Leon Bailey rejected.
Hutton suggested El Ghazi could benefit from a move to Roma if he is not going to play.
“If the Roma thing is true, I think that could be a good move for him,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“I think he would definitely suit that style of football. It’s probably a little bit slower, even though he’s got pace. He could really make things happen.
“There’s a lot of competition for places in those wide areas. You’ve got El Ghazi, Traore, Trezeguet when he’s fit. Buendia’s there now.
“You can’t pick them all, you can’t take them all to every game. That’s the balance.
“You bring in all these players and you make this young, hungry, exciting squad. Everyone wants to play.
“Some of them are going to be unhappy when they’re not. That’s the tough side of the managerial situation where you need to keep them happy.”
El Ghazi scored 10 goals in 28 Premier League appearances last season.
He missed just four games between November and the end of the campaign.