Alan Hutton has tipped Keinan Davis to step up for Aston Villa after Trezeguet’s crushing injury blow.

The former Villa ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 23-year-old could offer “something different” with his power and aggression in attack.

As confirmed by Villa on Monday, Trezeguet is set to undergo surgery after suffering knee ligament damage in the defeat to Liverpool.

Having already replaced fellow winger Bertrand Traore with Anwar El Ghazi, manager Dean Smith sent on midfielder Jacob Ramsey the Egypt international.

However, Hutton admitted he wanted to see the 19-year-old remain in a central role moving forward.

As such, he suggested Davis, a natural centre-forward, could step up.

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“Obviously Ramsey is more of a midfielder, would I really like to see him out wide?” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Keinan Davis came on against Fulham and I thought he was excellent. Really aggressive, good running, he doesn’t mind playing out wide. Is there an opportunity for him to come in and stake a claim?

“If somebody goes down injured on your team, it’s a nightmare, you don’t want to see that. However, that leaves an opportunity for somebody else to come in and grab it.

“Whether it be El Ghazi who comes back in, again, he’s been a little bit in and out this season. Does he try Davis, something different? So there are opportunities there for players and it’s who wants to get out there and make it theirs. Big opportunity.”

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Davis has four Premier League starts under his belt to date, although none of those have come this season.

He has played a total of 79 times for Villa, although just over a third of his appearances have been starts.

In other news, Hutton fears another Aston Villa injury blow worse than first thought.