Hutton out? Lambert well on his way to legendary status
He’s already moved the dug-outs and he’s saying all the right things. And now just to top it off, it appears that our new manager wants to achieve legendary status in his first month of his new job by getting rid of everyones favourite right back Alan Hutton.
Tongue is firmly in cheek but if the report in the Mirror is indeed true, then Lambert has further endeared himself to the Villa faithful. James Nursey has written the article, and he’s always seemed a bit more plugged in to the local scene than others. The report states that Lambert wants to replace Hutton with previous link Kyle Naughton, and you have to think this would prove to be an extremely popular move. Here are a few quotes from the piece:
‘The Scotland defender is told to find a new club as manager plots a move for Tottenham starlet who played for him on loan at Norwich last season.’
‘The Scot became a scapegoat as Villa struggled for wins and goals under compatriot and unpopular boss Alex McLeish.’
‘Now fellow Scot Lambert, aiming to revive Villa after they came 16th last term, has told Hutton’s agent to find him another club.’
Hutton did improve as the season went on which as we’ve explained previously wasn’t the hardest of tasks. There are a few reasons I like this move a lot. Firstly, I’m not at all convinced that Hutton should be our right-back going forward and I hate the thought of him blocking the process of someone like Lichaj or any new arrival. Secondly he’s a McLeish player, it’s as simple as that. His disciplinary record was not the best, and that’s putting it lightly, and as we’ve talked about, now is the time for a completely fresh start.
We’ve discussed the plusses of Naughton previously, and like I said I would love to have him here, especially in a deal like this. We’d probably lose money on Hutton, but considering we brought him for £3 million I think we could get at least half of that. Perhaps he might interest a premier league side near the bottom of the table, or maybe a Championship side but most importantly for the majority of Villa fans he may not be a Villa player for much longer. If we sold him for £1.5 million, and brought Naughton for £4 or £5 million, we’re laughing. Let’s hope that this report, is more than just a rumour!