I know some of you have already discussed it, but this one puzzles me.
First let me say I’m pretty happy about this, as it seems, according to the Birmingham Mail’s poll, many Villa fans are.
I’ve seen comments that Hutton is simply too old and we should be letting the kids have a chance.
Which is fair enough, if there’s the prospect that the kids might be better.
De Laet isn’t at the club and Bree is the next best bet. Has anyone really been convinced about him?
He might be a prospect, but I’m not seeing much more than that, just yet.
And at Left back, we have Taylor.
Is he really a better prospect over Hutton?
Not a chance and I’d take the old-timer playing out of position all day long.
At the end of the day, yes, we want to massacre the wage bill, but surely it can’t be done at the expense of playing far inferior players.
We at least have to survive on the pitch next season.
Look, I’d love to play a really young side that takes the league by storm next season.
But the reality would much more likely be that they’d struggle to avoid relegation.
Which leads to us fans ripping them to pieces and furthering the seeming vicious circle we’re already in.
No, we need some stability and Hutton’s retention is a good sign of that, in my opinion.
And judging by some of the player’s tweets that I’ve seen, it’s a popular decision amongst them too.
You can at times (and I definitely have) slate his performances over the years, but not once has anyone been able to slate his effort and I expect this is exactly why he has been retained.
Quite simply, his effort is also shown in training and sets the right sort of example.
More interesting though, are the reasons behind this.
If you read Hutton’s words, he’s happy in the area and sees it as home, because of the support he’s had from us fans.
It would seem he’s quickly forgotten the stick he took as part of a failing team; although, in fairness he’s quite rightly had plenty of plaudits this season.
So while he might indeed be settled here, we have to look at the reality.
Given this might well be his last decent pay-off, I don’t believe for one minute that he would take the massive pay cut, that is being suggested.
Ok, he might not be able to justify the £40-50k a week, he was on.
But I’m pretty sure that given that he was available on a free, he’s worth more than half that.
Let’s face it, would you want to throw away 2, 3, 4, 5 or more hundred thousand quid towards your pension, if you had an option?
I wouldn’t. So while you’d expect Hutton has had to take a pay cut, I’m suggesting it won’t have been that much.
25-30% at the most is my bet.
And that’s the part that makes it interesting.
If we seemingly have no money to spend and we are gagging to get wages off the books, because we’re going boobs up imminently, this signing makes no sense whatsoever.
And then there’s the part where Steve Bruce said he wanted to keep Hutton.
Why would we sign Hutton up so early, if we were looking at changing the manager?
It wouldn’t make sense, especially if the new manager didn’t rate Hutton in the slightest.
You’d appreciate the player needs to get a contract and give him the option to look around, while we retain a chance to re-sign him.
Playing fair, both ways, without restrictions, if you like.
Just like Hutton was on the supposed “get rid” list as of May, so I yet again think shenanigans are being played out.
Here’s three predictions;
1) Bruce is retained as our manager.
2) Grealish isn’t going anywhere.
3) While we don’t suddenly come into a fortune, we’ll be okay money-wise and will have money to spend on the odd signing/loan.
Keep the faith lads.
I’m convinced things aren’t as bad as they seemingly are.
Even if I’m totally wrong, it’s still a case of UTV!