Jores Okore brands Aston Villa teammate Alan Hutton 'Mr Reliable'

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Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has picked up a new nickname from a teammate.

Aston Villa defender Jores Okore has branded right-back Alan Hutton ‘Mr Reliable’ on the club’s website.

Hutton is one of the most experienced players in Paul Lambert’s squad and has been one of the more consistent players from the back four this season.

Okore has suggested that Hutton’s Villa teammates have come to expect efficient performances from the Scot.

“Alan is just so solid as a player. He's Mr Reliable,” said Okore.

“He just goes about his job in a calm manner and doesn't want a lot of fuss.”

“When you play to a solid level every week sometimes people watching the games just expect it. There's a little bit of that with Alan.”

Hutton is an important player for Villa for a variety of reasons.

He’s an imposing individual and has a good core strength, which makes him difficult for opposition players to get the better of.

In situations where he’s exposed against a winger, he’s got a good turn of speed over the first five yards and seems to rely on a physical confrontation, which allows him to walk away with possession.

He’s also a very sensible player at the other end of the pitch, consistently delivering balls into the box for attackers to get on the end of.

Any full-back who can get forward, create extra width and provide chances is worth their weight in gold.

The challenge for Okore and Paul Lambert is to find a way to take some of the pressure away from him.

It’s dangerous for the side to rely so heavily on one defender and although Hutton has the leadership qualities to deal with the pressure effectively, the whole back four has to weigh in over the rest of the season.

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