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Problems at Aston Villa lie much deeper than Steve Bruce

Problems at Aston Villa lie much deeper than Steve Bruce

It is a sorry state 0f affairs at Aston Villa at the moment, and fans are baying for blood, with manager Steve Bruce being their number one target. 

But if the fans think that the problems lie solely with Bruce at the moment, they are mistaken. There are plenty of players that are underperforming, with defender Alan Hutton being one of them.

The Scotland international was poor against Preston on Tuesday, as the club squandered a two goal lead to draw with the bottom of the table club. He did not look threatening at all in attack, and his delivery from left back was poor.

Hutton is now the club’s first choice left back, which will worry some fans, and at the age of 33, there is little chance of him improving.

However, in his defence, not only is he naturally right footed, but he has always played right back. This positional shift can be hard to adapt to, and that is why Hutton is so often out of position, and struggles to cross the ball with his left foot. While this is very hard to adjust to for a player, and many great players have struggled with this transition, it highlights a weakness in his game and a weakness in the team.

Furthermore, losing fellow defender James Chester in that game will always put extra strain on the defence. Nonetheless, Hutton still cannot be excused for his poor displays that he is showing. The Villans should look to replace him at left back as soon as possible so that he can either return to his favoured flank, or out of the team completely.

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