By Alan Hutton

3rd Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Hutton slates 'shocking' Aston Villa after latest and makes Terry claim

Alan Hutton has suggested John Terry’s departure may be behind the defensive troubles at Aston Villa this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa full-back admitted Dean Smith’s men are “really struggling” at the back.

Villa have conceded 12 goals in their last four games, a quarter of which came in the 4-1 defeat to West Ham.

As quoted by the Independent, Smith admitted the manner of his side’s defending was a concern.

However, he claimed there were not too many other “negatives” to take.

Hutton admitted Villa’s defensive performances have not been up to scratch in recent weeks.

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He claimed Terry’s exit from the coaching staff back in July may have had a major impact.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The ambition was European places. Obviously not the top four, but fifth and sixth. That’s arguably where they were aiming.

“The past four games have been really poor, out with the first 80 minutes against Wolves. The last 10 was shocking.

“The worrying thing for me is conceding 12 goals in four games. That’s not good enough. They’ve gone back, defensively-wise, to way back when they were really struggling.

“If you remember the lockdown, they were so much better defensively. They’ve kind of slipped back a little bit into their old ways for whatever reason.

“Is that because John Terry’s not there? I don’t know but there’s a reason for it.

“Dean Smith tried to change the formation, tried to change the personnel but unfortunately the goals are still going in.”

Villa face Southampton on Friday night looking to avoid a fifth successive defeat.

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