On arrival at Tottenham a few years a go the man that began his career at Rangers FC was eager to perform well and the beginning of his Premiership career started that way.
Eventually working his way into the Spurs first team after some time on loan at Sunderland he became a regular fixture of the team sheet at right back, in the 2010/11 season he managed 2 goals and 2 assists in 21 appearances before joining Alex McLeish at Aston Villa.
We all know about ‘that’ season for Aston Villa and the fact they want it removed from there memory in a way that only a sci-fi flop movie could conjour up shows the extent of how bad that season was but what now for Hutton?
Well after a horror tackle on Shane Long that easily could have broken the Irishmen’s leg, another moment of moronic idiocy when colliding with Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen whilst at Tottenham prompting a battle of words between the two in the media and allegations about his social life doesn’t make the Scottish full back a particularly alluring prospect in the transfer market.
Either way he is available, according to reports in the Mirror. Paul Lambert obviously has intelligence as he is looking to build a new team at Aston Villa and wants it a million miles away from the old regime under another Scotsmen Alex McLeish. Alan Hutton is available on loan but, a serious injury problem aside, the chance of Hutton ever making it back into the Villa team again is as likely as Closer magazine receiving a Christmas card from the Royal family.
Despite all of Hutton’s alleged problems the place all journeymen of the Premier League tend to end up, Stoke City, were interested over the summer. With Andy Wilkinson the only right footed full back in the team the Potter’s are light in that department.
Having watched the Stoke Man City game on Match of the Day it seems that Hutton would suit their style. This defensive style evident after Wilkinson was lucky not to be sent off for elbowing Mario Balotelli. Perhaps Hutton has hope of finding a Premiership home yet.
For my money Stoke is the best bet for Hutton to try and get back into some first team action, another potential leg breaking defender will mean they nearly have the complete set.
Another option maybe QPR who tend to buy anyone if the player they have in that position has a bad game and if another chairmen eats up the garbage fed to him and believes that they need McLeish to bore the fans to death, then Hutton may well be needed again.
With the likeliness of any of that happening being close to zero the only chance Hutton has is if Stoke decide to go for him and considering they haven’t won since April it may become a reality.