The nickname of ‘the Scottish Cafu’ first started off as some something of an ironic moniker of Alan Hutton, but this season he’s turned it into a somewhat fitting description.
Signed by Alex McLeish, but soon lost to Paul Lambert’s ‘Bomb Squad’, Hutton was repeatedly loaned out to save his career, and his recent renaissance has been a great underdog story at the club.
Hutton’s last two contract extensions wouldn’t have been anticipated a few seasons ago and Villa had finally expected to part ways with the right-back at the end of last season, but his extra season contract at reduced wages has given both the player and the Villa faithful some unlikely memorable moments.
In the weekend’s Blues derby, Hutton even managed to eclipse the great individual goal he scored away at Hull City in Villa’s first game of the season.
After picking up the ball 10-yards or so inside his own half, his slalom run through the Blues midfield and defence, rounded off with a smart finish, brought back memories of what Diego Maradona’s goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.
I’d even venture, Hutton’s goal was the more decisive finish.
It’s a great comparison video with Maradona’s effort, but what is even better is seeing Alan Hutton’s goal with actual Brazilian commentary.
This was posted by a Villa fan in Brazil, who had watched it on Brazilian TV.
It’s a great moment, as Hutton gets the full Brazilian Goooooooooooaaaaaaaaalllllllll treatment.
— The Mad Few (@AVFCpodcast) November 26, 2018
Dean Smith had admitted he had perceptions of Hutton before he took the Villa job, but after the Blues game concluded he’s been impressed and his goals aren’t necessarily surprising.
“He’s been exceptional since I’ve been here and I’m really pleased for him,” said Smith. “He’s scored some good goals in training and is a strong finisher.”