Now I’ll admit straight off, this is just trying to raise a bit of debate.
I’m currently on holiday again (work hard, play hard, for those that don’t know me) and there’s next to no English telly and worse still, no footy to speak of. Unless you count the meaningless byes we’ve been given in the internationals as important, that is.
So I’ve been looking at the news and that’s poor too.
For some reason, I’m going to go in reverse order to the headline and ask why are the press, particularly the Birmingham Mail (or live) constantly printing everything Alan Hutton says?
I loved the bloke when he was at the Villa, simple.
His work ethic and overcoming the “bomb squad” reputation left me admiring him very much.
But he’s gone, it’s as simple as that.
And while I thought he did a good job for us, given the circumstances, he will not be going down as a legend in my mind. He was paid top dollar, even if he cut his wage late on, while we were failing.
So who gives a flying about what he thinks about Harry Kane at Spurs?
Pack it in, for christ’s sake, Alan and either play the game or just retire gracefully, with those £millions backing you up.
And then there’s Wesley talking about getting 20 goals this season and thinking of the Champion’s League.
Now this is more like it.
I suspect there’s more than a bit of PR going on here too, but it’s the right sort.
If it’s his genuine thoughts, I love it and that’s the sort of ambition our players need to show.
If it’s just PR by his agent, well, it would worry me, as the kid could do without that sort of pressure, simple as.
Then we have Conor saying he isn’t taking his place in the Ireland team for granted.
Pull the other one mate.
While I might think you’re invisible sometimes in the Villa side, you’re a shoe-in for Ireland.
Internationals from a British pov are much less about graft and physicality and more about skill. You have the latter in abundance, fella.
Now that is a shoe-in and you know very well you’ll be starting.
That’s nice PR though, whoever wrote it.