By Danny Wright
Steve Bruce has made it clear that he has no plans to let Alan Hutton leave Aston Villa this summer.
The Mirror reported on their live transfer blog on Thursday [01:14pm] that Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday were eyeing up a move for the 32-year-old defender, who is in the final year of his contract at Villa Park.
It was said that Bruce would consider letting the right-back leave the West Midlands club for one of their Championship promotion rivals, however that no longer appears to be the case due to the manager’s latest comments.
“I’ve seen him linked with all sorts this summer,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports on their live transfer blog on Saturday [08:25pm].
“I think I’ve been linked with 100 players and the reality is I’ve bought two, loaned one and got two on a free transfer. All the nonsense… Alan Hutton is fine, no problem.”
Hutton was in good form for Aston Villa last season as they managed to steer clear of yet another relegation scrap.
The Scottish right-back, who signed from Tottenham in 2011, has endured a difficult time in the West Midlands having found himself loaned out on multiple occasions.
However the supporters of the club would argue that he has now shown that he can be a key part of the squad, and that was reflected in the fact that he earned 36 appearances across all competitions last season.
Football Insider Verdict
Bruce has some big decisions to make about his squad, because at the moment he is short of options in some areas, while others are more than well-stocked. Hutton has plenty of competition at right-back for next season and it remains to be seen whether the Scot will feature in the first-team plans. Ahmed Elmohamady has been brought in while James Bree and Leandro Bacuna can also feature in Hutton’s position. Four players cannot be competing for the right-back role, and while others can play on the wing, Hutton can not, meaning that his lack of versatility could leave him left out. Villa need to make some money and they should really consider letting the Scot go.