Villa’s Underdog

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.

Diego Hutton

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.

Brazilian Treatment

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.

 

Manager’s Thumbs-up

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.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Best goal I have seen since Brian Douglas against us for Blackburn 1960 ish. Amazing goal from a player who has consistently been one of our best even in premiership ( if there was such a thing). Always gives 110% ( iv heard that phrase before) . Best part of game was the managers reaction to the game – should do better. Unlike when Lambert said after Stoke had been thrashed 4 – 0 by Arsenal ” I thought were were excellent” . We are in good hands now thank God. Axel continues to improve needs experience and we just need Chester to play to his ability and the keeper to learn when to come. They will then have confidence in each other. Grealish can learn too from getting into box instead of running parallel to the goal instead of toward it.

  2. Not many loyal players about but Hutton is undoubtedly one and is now a Villa legend, great result yesterday and I can see 3 more points on Wednesday, just need to beef up our defence in January and if we can get Heaton in goal I believe we will be promoted even if that means through the play offs. I also have a feeling that Tammy Abraham’s may well be on for signing permanently, going great and all down to Dean Smith long may it continue.

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