Ian Wright says Alan Hutton embodied Aston Villa against Manchester City

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Ian Wright says Alan Hutton can be an important player for Aston Villa.

Ian Wright has hailed Alan Hutton's impact for Aston Villa, suggesting he can become a key player under Remi Garde.

The Scotsman played at right-back in the 0-0 draw with Manchester City, and was one of the most impressive performers as the club kept a rare clean sheet.

Wright, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Sunday 606 broadcast, spoke highly of the defender.

He said: "Alan Hutton, you know exactly what you are going to get. He gives you exactly that every single game. He's somebody I think Remi Garde will really, really like at Aston Villa.

"He doesn't get a lot of credit but he plays very very well. He epitomised Villa today, exactly what they needed."

Holding a free scoring Manchester City side to a draw was an achievement for Villa, and was a highly encouraging sign for the club in Garde's first game in charge.

The former Tottenham defender was once unwanted at Villa, discarded by former boss Alex McLeish and initially by Paul Lambert, sent on loan to Nottingham Forest and Real Mallorca.

He is now very much back in favour, and the 30-year-old can become a regular if Garde continues to pick Micah Richards in central defence.

Hutton played all 90 minutes in the stalemate, making six interceptions, more than any player in the Aston Villa side.

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