Hutton playing for Scotland in 2011
|Full name||Alan Hutton|
|Date of birth||30 November 1984|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Right Back|
|Current club||Aston Villa|
|2010||→ Sunderland (loan)||11||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Nottingham Forest (loan)||7||(0)|
|2013||→ Mallorca (loan)||17||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 August 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
After starting his career with silverware at Rangers, Hutton moved to England to join Tottenham Hotspur and later Aston Villa. He has also played on loan at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest and has 37 caps for the national team.
Hutton joined Rangers on 4 September 2000. He made his debut against Partick Thistle in a Scottish Premier League match on 22 December 2002. It was his first and last appearance that season; however, he made eleven appearances during 2003–04, scoring his first goal against Dunfermline Athletic at Ibrox on 23 March 2004.
He made twelve appearances during 2004–05 as the club won both the Scottish Premier League title and the Scottish League Cup. He broke his leg in February 2005 whilst playing in an SPL match against Kilmarnock, and was sidelined for eight months. The 2005–06 season proved to be difficult for Rangers domestically, and Hutton only made twenty three appearances in the first team, competing with Dutchman Fernando Ricksen for the right back position.
Hutton signed a new five-year contract with Rangers in the summer of 2007. Hutton started the 2007–08 season well, earning praise from Sir Alex Ferguson. He played a part in Rangers' opening UEFA Champions League group match victories against VfB Stuttgart and Olympique Lyonnais. Hutton made a total of 94 league appearances for Rangers, scoring two league goals against Dunfermline and Hibernian. He also scored goals against Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Cup and East Stirlingshire in the Scottish Cup.
During the January transfer window in the 2007–08 season, English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur made a bid, believed to be in the £5 million region, for Hutton. He initially rejected the chance to join Spurs, and did so again when they improved their offer. The protracted transfer was finally completed on 30 January 2008, with the fee reported to be in the region of £9 million. He made his Spurs debut on 2 February in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United.
Loan to Sunderland
On 1 February 2010, Hutton signed for Sunderland on loan until the end of the season, and made his debut in the 1–1 draw with Wigan Athletic. On 24 April 2010, he was shown a red card for a clash with Jozy Altidore. Sunderland and Hutton were keen to make the move permanent, however they were unwilling to pay the fee that Spurs were demanding.
Return to Tottenham
After Sunderland failed to sign Hutton on a permanent deal, he returned to Spurs, scored in the opening game of the season, and won a penalty, allowing newly signed Rafael van der Vaart to convert and score Tottenham's first goal in the match, a 3-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He sinced started and played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United at Old Trafford in a 2–0 Premier League defeat. At the end of the 2010–11 season, he made 26 appearances for Spurs in all competitions. The next appearance, Hutton scored again, as Tottenham Hotspur lose to 4-2 Bolton. He was Tottenham's first choice right-back for the majority of the 2010–11 season, often being preferred to Croatian international Vedran Ćorluka on the right hand side of the Spurs defence. Hutton was also an important fixture in Tottenham's 2010–11 UEFA Champions League campaign that saw them reach the quarter-finals, including being part of the team that produced a memorable 3–1 victory over European champions Internazionale. However, his season ended in April, after suffering an knee injury, which ruled him out for the rest of the season.
However, at the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker was regularly chosen ahead of Hutton in defence following his return from a loan spell away at Villa Park. Hutton was heavily linked with a £3 million transfer to Aston Villa, the club that Walker had recently returned from. After joining Aston Villa, Hutton made accusations towards Harry Redknapp of making his life a misery by training with the youth side and that he was treated as an 'outcast' during his three years spell at Tottenham Hotspur.
On 31 August 2011, Aston Villa confirmed that they had signed Hutton on a four-year contract in a deal thought to be worth £30,000 a week to Hutton, along with fellow Tottenham player Jermaine Jenas, who arrived on-loan. This move reunited Hutton with Alex McLeish, one of his former managers at Rangers. Hutton, himself, says he desire to join Aston Villa, quoting 'only place he wanted to go (Aston Villa)'.
Hutton made his debut for Aston Villa on 10 September in a 2–2 draw away at Everton. Hutton also took part in Villa's 2–1 defeat to local rivals West Brom, where a tackle on Shane Long injured Long's knee keeping him out for six weeks. The tackle received no punishment during the game but sparked retrospective debate as to the fairness of the challenge. After the match, Hutton received criticism from manager Roy Hodgson, describing his actions as 'vicious' and express 'anger' to Hutton. His actions was defended by assistant manager Peter Grant, insisting Hutton is not a dirty player and also manager McLeish, who support over his challenge and express sympathy for Long. However, Hutton's fiery reputation continued as he was shown a second yellow card and sent off in Villa's 2–1 defeat at home to Arsenal on 21 December.
Hutton's first season at Villa Park was disappointing, and his future at the club remained in doubt during the close season. The speculation intensified when new Villa manager Paul Lambert signed Sheffield United right-back Matthew Lowton on 6 July 2012. Ten days later, Hutton was left out of the 25-man squad chosen to represent the club on the pre-season tour of the United States. Having been left out of the first team, Hutton says he refused to give up his first team place, but also admits he finds himself in a difficult situation, but hopes to force himself back into first-team contention. Upon his return to Aston Villa after a loan spell at Nottingham Forest he was forced to train alone with Shay Given.
Loan to Nottingham Forest
Having his first team opportunities limited at Aston Villa, Hutton joined Nottingham Forest on an emergency loan, until 2 January 2013, making him available for nine matches. Upon his loan move, Chairman Omar Al Hasawi described Hutton's move to Nottingham Forest, as a "big asset". Two days later, Hutton made his debut, making a quick impact by providing assist for Billy Sharp to score the opener, as Nottingham Forest beat Wolves 2-1. Hutton since have established himself, playing right back position in defence and played all the match until his loan spell had ended.
Loan to Mallorca
On 29 January 2013, Hutton was loaned out to Spanish side Mallorca until the end of the season. Several days after signing for Mallorca, Hutton was unveiled as a player, along with Fernando Tissone and was given number two shirt at the club. On 3 February 2013, Hutton made his debut, playing in the right-back, in a 3-0 loss against Real Sociedad. The club were relegated, but despite this, Hutton expressed a desire to stay at the club next season. On the 30 June 2013, Hutton's loan spell with Mallorca came to an end. The club, then, tried to sign Hutton, but this time on a permanent basis. However, the move never materialised as the club could not only not afford a permanent deal, but also Hutton's personal demands.
Along with his then-Rangers team-mate Charlie Adam, Hutton was called up by manager Alex McLeish to the Scotland squad for the first time on 11 May 2007 for a friendly against Austria and a Euro 2008 qualifying match against the Faroe Islands. He made his international debut against Austria on 30 May 2007, coming on as a substitute. Hutton made his competitive debut against Lithuania in September 2007. Hutton was part of the Scotland team that beat France at Parc des Princes in September 2007.
- Tottenham Hotspur
- As of 14 August 2013
|Nottingham Forest (loan)||2012–13||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|RCD Mallorca (loan)||2012–13||17||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||17||0|
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