It’s fair to say Alan Hutton might have scrubbed his name off Aston Villa supporters’ Christmas card list with a dreadful performance against Brentford on Boxing Day.
The experienced Scot looked like he’d enjoyed a few too many Ferrero Rochers as Bees winger Sergi Canos tore him apart at Griffin Park. The Spaniard’s clever scheming and unpredictability left Hutton with twisted and the Villa fans praying for him to be taken back out of the side.
After all, it’s not as if Villa are short of right-backs with Ahmed Elmohamady, Ritchie De Laet and promising youngster James Bree all providing back-up.
But, for one reason or another, Hutton seems to remain one of Steve Bruce’s go-to men – and this is not the first time of late that the Aston Villa fans have disagreed with their manager’s selection policy.
A 2-1 defeat that was all their own making leaves the Midland giants mired in a run of five games without a win – meaning they have slipped out of the play-off places and are now just four points ahead of 12th place Brentford.
But despite Hutton’s awful display, it would be no surprise to see him in the starting XI once again when Villa travel to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Elmo did nothing to be dropped, Hutton (replacement) poor throughout, Whelan its obvious badly needed a rest and O'Hare can't even get a bench role for some reason #avfc— Dean Caffrey (@ElDeano_96) December 26, 2017
I’m still laughing at the commentator calling Hutton one of the best fullbacks in the league. Clearly doesn’t watch Villa, ever. #AVFC— SizzlingSnoddy (@SizzlingSnoddy) December 26, 2017
No chance of promotion when we have players like we do. Hutton, Elphick, Whelan, Snodgrass, Davis. People can keep saying that Davis is young give him a chance but he is awful, can’t finish and is clueless. We need to spend well in Jan #AVFC— Sam (@sdyates85) December 26, 2017
“Alan Hutton one of the best fullbacks in the division” bahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahah no way did he just say that hahahahahahahahaha #AVFC— SizzlingSnoddy (@SizzlingSnoddy) December 26, 2017
Davis offers nothing, Hutton too poor in possession. So so poor #avfc— Chris Ellis (@ellis250) December 26, 2017
Anyone seen Alan Hutton’s performance for #avfc in this game .— Chico02 (@dannyricho7) December 26, 2017
How’s he not been taken off, Dreadful..
I’m sorry but at some stage Bruce (and a lot of villa fans) have to realise that Hutton is not good enough to be a pro footballer let alone rob a career and a massive salary from us. Please stop playing him. Massive liability #avfc— Sean (@Gallie75) December 26, 2017
Alan Hutton is absolutely terrible he is a wingers dream dives in zero technical ability shambles that he gets picked in any villa team at any level #avfc— Ashley Buswell (@BuswellAshley) December 26, 2017
Hutton is a joke. An absolute joke. How is he even still at the club, let alone in the team. Given the ball away EVERY. SINGLE. TIME tonight. #avfc— Alex Berwick (@Alex_Berwick) December 26, 2017