Pundit and former Aston Villa man Alan Hutton has been having his say on Dean Smith and his future at Villa Park, Football Insider report.
The Lowdown: Source reveal
A report from Football Insider last Friday, who were informed by a Villa source, suggested that Smith would be under ‘huge’ pressure if they lost to Arsenal.
Former right-back Hutton has now been having his say on Smith’s back three system and why it has deteriorated in recent weeks.
Is Dean Smith getting the best out of Villa's squad?
No, definitely not!
The Latest: Hutton reacts
“He obviously changed the shape. They went to three at the back and it did work, it looked good.
“All the players were getting on the front foot. They were intense in everything they were doing, they were closing down, doing the hard yards making it difficult for teams.
“They have fallen away from that a little bit. Against Arsenal, they were far too easy to play against. They were open, they weren’t closing down as a team, they weren’t harrying people.
“That’s maybe where they’re at the moment. The expectations have been that high that they’ve gone backwards from what made them a good team. It was the industry, the working hard, getting about people.
“That’s what the foundation was built off of. They need to get back to basics, for me. I know Dean Smith changed the formation at halftime and it was better but they were way off it at the Emirates.”
The Verdict: Positive results needed
This isn’t the first time Football Insider have claimed Smith is fighting for his job.
Villa take on West Ham and Southampton prior to the next international break, and positive results would more than likely put those rumours to bed for the time being once again.
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