It’s being reported that West Brom and Wigan are fighting for the signature of Alan Hutton.
There’ll be a number of clubs in for Hutton, considering he made 33 appearances for a very good Villa side last season and is available on a free transfer. He’s a good player, versatile and provides vital experience having played in the Premier League for a number of years for Tottenham and Sunderland.
Paul Cook is looking for experience this summer. Although he has a number of talented players at his disposal, it’s a young, inexperienced squad. Wigan fell victim to losing a number of close matches last campaign, including conceding a lot of late goals away from home. The arrival of Danny Fox certainly helped, his defending and ability to play out from the back steadied the ship.
Chey Dunkley done well last season. People forget it was his first season in the Championship, the same for Cedric Kipre. Of course, there’s room for improvement, particularly with their distribution. However, their main job is to defend and I felt they done that pretty well.
The Championship is an unforgiving league (I’m sounding like Cook now, we go again…) every mistake seems to be punished. For example, we were brilliant against Champions Norwich at home, one time we got too tight to Pukki, he spun our defence and scored. Until then, he’d done nothing. On the whole, we defended well last season, it was just individual errors that cost and we were punished for.
We need experience. Wigan led in a lot of away games last season, they just couldn’t see the games out. Whether it was an error, not time-wasting, needlessly rushing corners/free-kicks, we required old heads to help us get the points.
Hutton would be a brilliant signing. Still a very capable full-back, and somebody that will provide that stability and experience in both the dressing room and on the pitch.