Wilkins has been brought into the football club by manager Tim Sherwood to provide assistance in a number of different areas, as the club look to progress significantly on the struggles of last season.
Wilkins has explained that he’s been naturally drawn to the young midfielders at the club, which is a position where he excelled during his playing days.
“I will give him my advice. I will never suck up. I will give him my opinion but it’s his decision and I’ll back that 100 per cent,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I’ve noticed that young players run far too much. It sounds silly but the older you get the less you run because you think more. You know where you need to be.”
“‘I can talk young players through situations. Obviously, the midfielders stand out to me because that’s where I made my living.”
Can Wilkins help to marry the two qualities?
If Wilkins can play a key role in terms of helping the younger midfielders at Aston Villa to improve their understanding and the way they read the game, his comments suggest they are already fit enough to provide Aston Villa with a big advantage.
If Villa can have busy players, showing intelligence and getting in the face of the opposition in terms of their position, then it creates a number of positive knock on effects for the team.
It will make Villa much harder to break down because the midfield will naturally take up positions around the pitch which make it difficult to move the ball and they’ll be doing enough running alongside their fitness, to do that job throughout 90 minutes.