Former Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton has higlighted Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips as two players that can take Villa to the ‘next level’ this summer.
Hutton who spent eight years at Villa Park between 2011 and 2018 believes those two holding midfielders, who have been widely linked with a move to the West Midlands since January could prove the difference between another season of mediocrity or a push towards the top half of the Premier League table.
“Yeah, I mean obviously being a midfielder myself, I spotted the weakness within the midfield, and he (Steven Gerrard) spoke a lot about the number 6,” Hutton told bettingexpert.
“I think the likes of Yves Bissouma from Brighton is a standout candidate.
“He’s had an excellent season.
“The likes of Kalvin Phillips, as well. I think he’s gotta hold on depending on what happens with Leeds.
“These are guys that I think would take Aston Villa to the next level and these would be the type of players he will be looking to bring through the door.”
The Scot, who earned the nickname of the “Scottish Cafu” during his time at Villa Park due to his defensive capabilities believes it is there that Villa now have their biggest weakness, too.
“I think, obviously going forward is their strength,” he added.
“If you look at the squad they’ve got a lot of choices upfront. (Ollie) Watkins, (Danny) Ings, (Emi) Buendia, (Philippe) Coutinho.
“Where they’ve gone wrong I think defensively. They made too many mistakes, individual mistakes, and it’s cost them within games.
“There’s been no real consistency through this season. I mean one week you have an amazing performance and it gives the result and then next week you don’t really know what you’re gonna get and you go through a losing run. So I think that’s something that Steven Gerrard will look to fix.”
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