Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna takes diplomatic approach to starting chances

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The stand-in right-back is keen to keep his place in the line-up but knows that the returning Alan Hutton is just as deserving of a starting role.

Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna has told the club’s official website that he has loved his time at right-back and is eager to retain his place for the visit of Swansea.

Bacuna deputised for the suspended Alan Hutton for the second consecutive match in last weekend’s 4-0 win at Sunderland, grabbing two assists to make his case for a regular role in the line-up.

Hutton is now available to reclaim his spot after serving a two-game ban for picking up his 10th booking of the season, however, and, with the Scot proving one of Villa’s better performers this season, his return leaves manager Tim Sherwood with a tough decision to make.

The Villa boss admitted as much in his pre-match conference, describing Bacuna’s performance against the Black Cats as “Cafu-like”, and the versatile Dutchman is keen to get another chance to impress at a position which he looks to be growing into.

Nevertheless, the former Under-21 international insists he won’t be too deterred if Sherwood does opt to recall Hutton and is just glad be getting recognition for his efforts after struggling for first-team opportunities over the first half of the season.

"It's good for me to get going and to get some minutes on the pitch,” he said. “Before I wasn't playing a lot.

"I played at right-back last year and it's a position I do enjoy. I'm trying to go forward, score goals and play well like I did last year and hopefully I can continue to get some more minutes.

"It's the manager's choice if I'm going to play again this weekend. Alan is a great player and he's been very consistent this season.

"If I don't play, I'll keep working hard."

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