Ray Wilkins discusses what Aston Villa defender Micah Richards' best position is

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The 27-year-old has been used in both the centre and on the right for the Premier League's bottom side this season.

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes that if Remi Garde is to get the best out of Micah Richards, he needs to start playing him in the centre of defence, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 27-year-old has been used in that role by the Frenchman, but has most recently featured at full-back. And while that has been the position Richards has played in for most of his career, Wilkins suggested that he needs to be more involved in the action, and thus, should play in the middle.

"You've got a lot of players in there that have got character, but there's not a lot of leaders, but Micah is a leader," he told the Mail.

"When he was playing at centre half under Tim he was quite exceptional.

"We lost games but didn't get slaughtered in games. We were always in the game. He for me has been one of the bright sparks this season, at centre half.

"Remi has decided he's going to play him at right full-back. I personally don't think that's Micah's position, I think he is a centre half."

While the former Manchester City man played well on the right during the side's victory over Norwich City earlier in the month, the club's humiliating 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool will surely see Garde make changes for the trip to Stoke this weekend, and perhaps moving his captain back into the centre may be one of the changes he decides to make.

One problem that the manager will face if he decides to shift Richards is who will come in on the right. The most likely candidates are surely either Alan Hutton or Leandro Bacuna, however, neither has been particularly impressive when they have received their chance which may force Garde to continue to play his skipper on the right, regardless of whether he agrees with Wilkins' assessment of his best position or not.

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