Alan Hutton has tipped Aston Villa to make a move for Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe during the January transfer window.

“He’s very, very professional,” the ex-Scotland international told Football Insider.

“That’s definitely how I’d say he was. Everything was football, whether it be how he ate, how he trained, constantly in the gym before and after – he was 100% professionalism.

“I’m surprised he’s not really had a chance as yet at Man U but I’m pretty sure that will come. Of course everybody wants to play and maybe that’s the situation he will look at and say: ‘right I need to continue playing.’

“I know Villa were very interested in him but Man U wanted to keep him, which is fair enough, he’s their player, it’s understandable but I think he’s definitely going to have a big future ahead of him.

“Yes. I think it would be a great signing personally.

“He’s only going to add quality, like I said he’s going to want to play games in the Premier League and get tested that way. I think that would be a good level for him.”

The 21-year-old spent time on loan with the Villans last season and helped them to win promotion to the Premier League.

Tuanzebe went on to make 30 appearances for Dean Smith’s side in all competitions last term.

Villa were strongly linked with a move for Tuanzebe during the summer transfer window but in the end, the Red Devils opted to keep the player on their books to provide extra depth defensively.

With the likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire ahead of him in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order, Tuanzebe has yet to taste a single minute of competitive action so far this season.

He was a settled player whilst he was with Villa and a move could naturally now be appealing to him.

Since bursting onto the United first team scene back in 2015, Tuanzebe has gone on to make just five Premier League appearances. This suggests that he is not really suited to the club’s style of play at this point in time.

At 21-years-old, the former England U-21 international is still very young but he is now not at a stage of his career where he should just be focusing on breaking into the first team, he should be focused on trying to establish himself as a first team regular.

United and Tuanzebe should consider a parting of ways in January if the situation does not improve by then, with a loan move to Villa suiting all parties.


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