Aston Villa will be looking to bounce back from relegation next season.
Villa are expected to appoint Roberto Di Matteo in the coming days, as they look to build a squad capable of bouncing straight back from relegation.
Villa won just three Premier League matches this past season, and they are expected to make vast alternations this summer.
The Claret and Blues have previously not given their manager full power over which players come into the club - and the policy has been heavily criticised.
Villa purchased a number of players from Ligue 1 last summer, rather than the players who Tim Sherwood, who was then in charge, wanted.
And Wilkins, who was Sherwood’s assistant, insists that the Villains cannot afford to make the same mistake again.
“The foreign players will be frightened to death,” he said. "When you’re playing Saturday, Tuesday week-in week out. Do these guys want to stand up and be counted? You have to. That’s why I would go Brits.
“They do have some good blokes in there and hopefully they can turn it round. I sincerely hope that something can be done there.
“Anyone that goes in there has to have clarity that he will do the business. They have to be his players and that’s one situation what Tim didn’t have in his command. Had that been the situation, Villa would still be in the Premier League.”
Villa are currently one of the favourites to win promotion from the Championship next season.
If Dr Tony Xia’s takeover bid goes through, he has promised that he will provide the new manager with a £40 million transfer budget to strengthen the squad.