Alan Hutton has heralded the impact of John Terry as he raves over the performances of the Aston Villa centre-backs this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland full-back says that senior duo Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels have proven themselves as Premier League quality defenders at the heart of the defence, highlighting their ability to adapt to the situation at hand.
Mings was crucial to the Villans’ successful Championship play-off push last season after joining in January, while Engels has joined the England international as a mainstay in the Villa side after a summer transfer.
Hutton says that Terry has been crucial in developing the defenders at Villa Park and insists the centre-back pairing will have improved as a result of his coaching on the training ground.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Sometimes I think teams get wrapped up with: ‘We must play every single time,’ and ultimately you get in trouble doing things like that.
“Like Tyrone (Mings), he (Engels) knows when to just get rid of the ball. Just get rid of the ball, just squeeze up tight and play from there. There is a time to play which I do believe that they know the difference and obviously having John Terry there will help him.
“A guy who is arguably one of the best centre-halves ever to play the game is amazing to have, especially for young players to become better. They’ve got a good blend of doing the dirty work and the new-feel stuff.”
Engels, a 6ft 4in giant [Transfermarkt] at the back, has started every single one of Villa’s Premier League games this season, missing just 15 minutes of action after being substituted against Norwich City.
The Villans have only kept a clean sheet once in the top flight so far, shutting out Everton on the way to a 2-0 victory.
In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has dropped a training ground claim after the club’s defeat to Liverpool.