Former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Sport about the club’s battle with relegation and highlighted an area where he feels the club did not do well during the summer transfer market.
Hutton, who helped Aston Villa win promotion back to the Premier League last season, was discussing the lack of goals at Villa Park this season with another former Aston Villa man, Jermaine Jenas.
He stated that Aston Villa should have spent their money on a proven Premier League goalscorer this summer, referencing Danny Ings at Southampton.
“I would have went and got someone who has scored goals in the league. Danny Ings, for instance.
“I’m not just saying him because he’s done unbelievably well this season but someone of that type who was going to score 10-plus.
“If they had a striker right now on 12 goals they would be a few places up. They’d be fine, in my opinion.
“They’ve bought in a few players, yes, but untested at that level.”
There is no doubt that Ings has been a fantastic signing for Southampton. The £20 million (Telegraph) recruit from Liverpool has scored 19 league goals this season, without which, Southampton would likely be in the relegation zone themselves right now.
Aston Villa have signed Wesley Moraes and Mbwana Samatta this season, two talented strikers but both only have experience of scoring regularly in Belgian football since heading to Europe.
Hutton’s claim is clearly that Ings, a player who had previously impressed at Burnley and Southampton in the top-flight, would have been a shrewder addition than the foreign imports brought in.
Based on the evidence on show so far this season, it is hard to disagree with that assessment.