By Alan Hutton

21st Feb, 2020 | 6:51pm

'Trust me' - Exclusive: Hutton makes Aston Villa squad claim ahead of Southampton clash

Alan Hutton insisted Aston Villa players “will be running through brick walls” this week get themselves into next week’s League Cup final team.

The former Scotland international, who won the League Cup during his time at Spurs, told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs that Saturday’s trip to Southampton will be the dress rehearsal for many players.

Following the clash at St Mary’s, Dean Smith’s men have just over a week to prepare for a trip to Wembley to face Manchester City in the final on Sunday, March 1st.

The Villans are looking to bounce back from a last-gasp defeat to Spurs at the weekend which left them only a single point above the drop, with Southampton six points ahead in 12th.

When asked if the game at St. Mary’s this weekend would be many players audition for the cup final, Hutton told Football Insider: “I was at the semi-final second leg and what it tends to do is spur you on. You want to be in that starting 11, trust me.

“Every single player will be running through brick walls to try and get in the Southampton team to then show their worth and get into the starting 11 for the final. It is an audition for every player involved.

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“They will all want to start but unfortunately only 11 can. They can all help their cause with a good performance at the weekend.”

With Tyrone Mings recovering from tonsillitis and John McGinn nearing a return from a fractured ankle, competition for places is high at Villa Park.

Villa fans have fond recent memories of Wembley, having beaten Derby 2-1 in the Championship play-off final to seal a return to Premier League.

In other Aston Villa news,  Danny Mills has told Football Insider star player has one game to avoid being axed by Dean Smith.