While Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has admitted that he still has a decision to make on who to start at right-back for tomorrow’s visit of Swansea, former claret and blue winger Steve Froggatt has told AVTV that it should be Alan Hutton over Leandro Bacuna.
Bacuna made his second consecutive start for the suspended Hutton in last weekend’s 4-0 win at Sunderland, setting up both of Christian Benteke’s goals to make his case for a regular role in the line-up.
However, Hutton is available to reclaim his spot against Swansea after a two-game ban for his 10th booking of the season and, with the Scot proving one of Villa’s better performers this season, his return leaves Sherwood with a selection dilemma on his hands.
Froggatt was more than impressed with Bacuna’s Black Cats performance, which Sherwood described as “Cafu-like”, but believes that the line-up will need to be more balanced against superior opposition in the Swans.
The versatile Dutchman has proved a real threat going forward but, with Villa’s midfielder stacked with other attacking options, the ex-England Under-21 international thinks Hutton’s defensive knowhow will be much-needed to compensate.
“If it was me, I’d have Hutton back in the side purely because of his defence,” he said.
“If you look at our front six, we’ve got a lot of pace and offensive players. We’ve got two central midfielders [Tom Cleverley and Fabian Delph], neither who are defensive, and two wide men [Charles N’Zogbia and Scott Sinclair] who aren’t either.
“We’re playing against a much better team [than Sunderland] and we’re still only three points outside that relegation zone.
“It’s absolutely crucial we put a team out to get the result and I think, as good a team as Swansea are, if we line up properly we’ll just edge it.”