We are pleased to introduce former Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton as our exclusive columnist. Every week, he will be sharing his perspectives on the key topics at Villa Park.
Alan Hutton expresses concerns that prominent teams may still be vying to acquire Aston Villa’s goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, due to his consistent outstanding performance for both the club and his national team.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Martinez, aged 31, set a new record during the international break by securing the most consecutive clean sheets for Argentina. His remarkable streak began with the World Cup final against France in December, where he last conceded a goal.
Martinez had been strongly linked with a move away from Villa Park after his impressive showings at the World Cup in Qatar. Hutton is apprehensive that Martinez continues to attract attention from other clubs, even though he has had a relatively quieter start to the current season.
The former right-back believes that the former Arsenal goalkeeper is likely contemplating his options, acknowledging that Villa might consider selling him if a suitable offer is presented. Hutton stated, “He’s the key player. Some of the saves he’s made have been truly remarkable. There are moments when he seems invulnerable in the goal, making it impossible to score. He plays a pivotal role in Aston Villa’s current position.”
Hutton believes that the rumors surrounding Martinez’s future are unlikely to fade away, as they were a topic of discussion during the summer transfer window. He attributes Martinez’s exceptional form to his confidence, which has soared since his time at Arsenal when he rarely played. His rise has been rapid.
Hutton conveys his reluctance as a Villa fan to see Martinez leave, as he deems him indispensable. Martinez is the standout player for Hutton, with several teams monitoring his situation. Should the right financial offer come in, his departure would be a significant loss for the team, and it would ultimately depend on Villa’s recruitment team to find a replacement with comparable skills who can step up in crucial moments, just as Martinez is doing.
In unrelated Aston Villa news, Louie Barry’s future at Villa Park may be in jeopardy as his latest contract could be terminated prematurely.