Our brightest hope at full back since Mickey Gray? But can we hang on to him? Salut! Sunderland ponders the chances of securing Alan Hutton permanently …
Most Sunderland supporters who have seen anything of Alan Hutton are likely to agree that he is just the sort of player we need at the club on a permanent basis.
It has been like a breath of fresh air to see a full back so capable of getting forward and causing serious concern to opposing defences.
The heartening recent form of Kieran Richardson has made that air taste sweeter: someone has written elsewhere that his performance on Saturday, albeit against the extremely limited Burnley, may have been his best for Sunderland.
Of Hutton, the same fan commented: “… (his) performance was as good as I’ve seen from any Sunderland full back since the better days of Mickey Gray at his best (ignoring his bad times, he was very good).”
Steve Bruce wants to turn the loan from Tottenham Hotspur into a summer purchase.
But will the mere fact that we’re interested make Harry Redknapp reluctant to consent to the departure of a player to whom he had given only one Premier League start? Is there really bad blood between us and Spurs because of the Darren Bent spat?
An interesting piece by Tom Jinks at footballfancast.com
discusses whether Hutton should be retained by Spurs. Tom leaves the question open but points out that the player offers “something different to Vedran Corluka at the right back position and could be a good backup to the Croatian international”.
With any luck, Alan Hutton would wish to be a back-up for no one. Let us hope he is speaking his mind when he says he’d like to stay at Sunderland.
But a message from a Salut! Sunderland reader, Yiannis Skindilias, points out that having first seemed intent on lowering Kieran Richardson’s value – by running a piece placing him in the season’s worst PL team – footballfancast.com may now be trying to push up Hutton’s price.
We can all hope that Sunderland, as an established Premier side (sort of), should comfortably beat off any competition for Hutton’s signature from Newcastle United (only just resurfacing, said the mischief-maker, from the lower leagues).
But in the meantime, perhaps we should stop saying how good Hutton has been for us.
Just tell ‘Arry he’s actually quite useless. After all, the fan who praised Hutton, as quoted above, also said he was the major reason for Burnley’s goal because “for whatever reason, both he & Campbell went for the same player & left Blake on his own & made no attempt to track back”. Pass that on to White Hart Lane.
Then all we have to do is sit back and hope Spurs think we’re doing them a favour taking him off their hands.
* With thanks to “vic.t” for the photo, taken from her Flickr pages
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