The Aston Villa striker has started to find his form since arriving in the summer.
Former Villa manager Tim Sherwood brought striker Jordan Ayew to the club from French side Lorient in the summer, but it was new boss Remi Garde who showed faith in the 24-year-old, making him the first-choice striker at the relegation-threatened club.
Villa are currently bottom of the Premier League with just seven points from 17 matches played, but there have been glimpses that they could fight for survival in 2016.
Key to that will be the form of Ayew, and Hutton for one feels the Ghana international has a lot to bring to the proverbial party.
“Jordan Ayew has the ability to be a key player,” Hutton told avfc.com. “In training he’s doing very well. In games he’s coming in and getting better and better.
“His goal at Newcastle was unbelievable. He’s definitely got that ability and we’re hoping he can keep doing that in the coming weeks.”
Prior to signing for Villa, Ayew scored 13 goals and provided seven assists in just 33 matches for Lorient and with four goals already for his new side he will be hoping to play a vital role for them in 2016 and beyond.