With stand-in right-back Leandro Bacuna putting in a starring performance in the 4-0 win at Sunderland, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has admitted to the club’s official website that he has a decision to make for tomorrow’s visit of Swansea.
Making his second consecutive start for the suspended Alan Hutton, Bacuna assisted both of Christian Benteke’s goals during a strong showing against the Black Cats to make a case for a regular role in the line-up.
Hutton is available to reclaim his spot against the Swans after a two-game ban for his 10th booking of the season, however, and the Scot has proved one of Villa’s better performers throughout the campaign.
Nevertheless, Sherwood is pleased to now have options available to him, after seeing injuries blight his defence since arriving at the club last month, and believes whoever is left out can have the right to feel aggrieved.
With Hutton nicknamed the “Scottish Cafu” since his time at Rangers, the Villa boss also thought his positional rival’s effort last weekend was reminiscent of the Brazilian World Cup-winner.
“It is a decision to make,” said Sherwood. "Leandro has played the last couple of games and done well. He took it on at Sunderland and he looked like Cafu at times.
"He has almost been taught the right-back position in 10 days. Bacuna is a right midfield player and he's almost been taught the position microwave-style. He's picked it up really quickly. He is happy doing it.
"It's a tough decision to make but it's a decision I want to be making because I haven't had to make one sine I have been here.
"We are still struggling defensively but the players who have come in - even out of position - are doing a good job for this football club.”