Ezri Konsa has impressed alongside Tyrone Mings at centre-back this season, playing his part in Aston Villa boasting one of the best defensive records in the Premier League.
The Claret and Blues are second in the table for conceded goals and clean sheets (SoccerStats), resulting in Konsa attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
And although the 23-year-old has two-and-a-half years left on his deal at Villa, Alan Hutton believes he should be handed a contract extension as soon as possible as his stock could rise dramatically.
He told Football Insider: “I can’t see them waiting too long, in terms of contract length, a couple of seasons left is nothing really for one who’s become one of your prized assets.
Konsa joined from Brentford in 2019 and has gone on to make 52 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying two assists (Transfermarkt).
This season, he’s made 20 Premier League appearances, scored two goals, completed 84.4% of his 652 passes, won 47 aerial duels, made 14 interceptions, blocked 25 shots, made 83 clearances, given away only eight fouls, made 14 tackles and has been dribbled past only three times (WhoScored).
Mings has represented England on account of his Villa form, so there’s every chance Konsa could follow. Hutton believes that should spur the Midlands outfit into action, adding: “If he was to make an England squad, everything changes, the whole dynamic, everything, changes because you’re now an international player.
“Villa are going to want to keep hold of him. He’s got so much more to give, he’s so young and in my opinion, he’s only going to get better. I wouldn’t be waiting around, that’s just my opinion, I would want to tie him down because they obviously see the potential is there.”
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Hutton is right. Villa probably need to tie down Konsa for the long-term given he’s on the radar of some big Premier League clubs and might be an England international before the season is up, so fans will hope Villa are successful opening talks.