Alan Hutton has admitted he has mixed feelings over Jack Grealish playing so many games in a short space of time for Aston Villa and England.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland star has lauded his old teammate for his performances on the international stage but suggested he may need a break at some point due to the intense fixture schedule.
As quoted by the Independent, England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed the 25-year-old is in line to make his third successive start for the Three Lions against Iceland on Wednesday as long as he proves his fitness.
Hutton has been left raving over what he has seen from the boyhood Villa fan but admits there may come a time where he needs to be left out to be protected from fatigue or injury.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I’m lost for words to say about him, he takes everything in his stride. He plays the game like he’s playing at the park with his friends on a Saturday afternoon.
“He’s so good to watch, his confidence is through the roof and he’s got the ability to match that confidence. As well as that, he’s down to earth – as a mix of a player, that is what you would want.
“So as long as long as he continues to do it for England and for Villa, I always think he’ll be a mainstay for England, he’s doing absolutely brilliant at the moment.”
Asked if he was concerned about Grealish being overloaded playing for both club and country, Hutton said: “From Dean Smith’s point of view, yes. Obviously from last season and that season he’s played a lot of football but it’s the type of boy he is, much like John McGinn.
“He trains every day, he wants to play every game, he doesn’t want to be rested. They will have to look after him at some point because he’s such a key figure for Villa, and obviously the Euros is coming up, he’ll need to be careful, but he’ll want to play.
“He’s waited such a long time to break into this England squad and he’ll want to continue that form. He’ll want to stay in the forefront of everybody’s mind because everybody in England’s talking about him – not just in England, everybody is talking about how good his performances are. He won’t want to take a backseat after waiting so long, that’s for sure.
In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has claimed Dean Smith won’t be happy in another big senior star claim.