Kevin Phillips has tipped Aston Villa boss Dean Smith to axe Trezeguet for tonight’s clash against Fulham and start new signing Bertrand Traore.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international was in awe of the attacking options now at Smith’s disposal and suggested that Trezeguet, 25, is most at risk from the summer’s arrivals.
Villa confirmed the capture of the Traore, 25, from Lyon nine days ago and he scored on his debut in a 3-0 victory against Bristol City in the EFL Cup on Thursday.
He likes to operate from the right flank which was predominantly occupied by Egyptian Trezeguet last season.
Phillips is adamant that John McGinn will retain his place alongside Jack Grealish as Dean Smith’s side look to build on last week’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield United.
“I think there is a good chance that Traore starts,” he told Football Insider.