This afternoon it was announced that Alan Hutton will be playing for Aston Villa for another year. The 33-year-old was a key cog in the Villa machine last season making 32 Championship appearances both at left and right back.
Hutton’s career in claret and blue makes for interesting reading. The Scot arrived from Tottenham on a four-year deal in 2011, but was part of Paul Lamberts infamous “bomb squad” a season later and was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers before coming back and playing a major part in Villa’s recent history.
“To be honest it’s all I ever really wanted”, Hutton said of his new deal. “I’ve just got a special feeling for the club. I’ve been here such a long time and the relationship I’ve got with the fans really spurs me on to do well.”
Villa must be wary on the money they spend on new players in the summer due to financial fair play regulations, so this deal makes total sense for the club financially. The Scotsman won’t be on particularly high wages and although a veteran at 33, Hutton didn’t show many signs of slowing up during the latter stages of last term.
Also, as an elder statesman in the dressing room, Hutton could be key to the development of younger players such as Easah Suliman and Mitchell Clark in 2018-19; “We’ve still got young players as well and if they ever in need of someone to lean on I’d always be here for them.”
“Just in one year I learnt an awful lot off John Terry, so I’d like to think I could be there to help any of the younger ones coming through.”
Next season will almost certainly be a struggle at times, and Alan Hutton is one of those players needed to drag Villa over the line when the going gets tough. UTV.
Words by Harry Trend (@HazaTrand) // Follow us on Twitter (@claretandview)