After loan spells with Nottingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers Alan Hutton returned to Aston Villa and was immediately reinserted into the side in 2014. The defender has become an ever-present in the side since then and last summer he was handed a new deal by the club.
After three years at Tottenham Hotspur, Hutton joined Aston Villa on a four-year deal which included his Spurs teammate, Jermaine Jenas joining the club too. He may not have stolen too many headlines during his time in north London but Hutton had a fairly solid tenure with the club.
In his first season with the Villa, he had quite a disappointing season and such were his poor performances that speculation began to emerge that he may not have a future at the club, especially following the arrival of Matthew Lowton.
The following season he sent on loan to Nottingham Forest for the first-half of the season and then Mallorca in the second. Once again, the following season he was sent to Bolton in an emergency loan and although it may have seemed like his career at Villa was over, the fullback has been a constant in the side since then.
Here’s what the fans had to say when he signed his new contract over the summer…
Make him captain
— Steve Bird (@thebirdman1874) June 14, 2018
Alan Hutton…the Scottish Cafu!
— Jamie Stewart (@jastewart06) June 14, 2018
I’m glad, Huttons commitment & hard work has won me over, his experience could be vital next season if we have to play a heap of youngsters #avfc
— Paul Jeary (@pjeary) June 14, 2018
— James (@JamesTuzzio) June 14, 2018
Brilliant news. Worth every penny spent on my season ticket. See you next season Alan.
— Marie (@mariephere) June 14, 2018
Make sure the new kit has big pockets for his collection of wingers
— Richard Scollick (@RScollick) June 14, 2018
While at times he was criticised by the fans for his performances, especially during their dreadful relegation campaign, Hutton has turned into one of the better players at the club. His experience has been key and during Villa’s promotion push, he was a vital member of the side that got so close to returning to the Premier League.
Again this season he has been regular in the side, even during the early part of the season when Villa struggled for form. He’s been one of the better players at the club and against Birmingham City, he scored one of the best goals of his career to help Dean Smith beat their arch-rivals.
He may have started his career at the club badly but it seems now that he is turning one of the more essential players in the side.