What has happened to Corluka and how has Hutton regained his place?
This I am sure will cause some debate as both are good players but for me one is stand out different class, Corluka. What he lacks in pace he makes up with clean intelligent play. He is strong, strong in the air, reads play and shows players down the line, attacking he links up great with Lennon. Overlapping or threading weighted passes through for Lennon to run onto. He gets the ball down and rarely gets caught on it and passes out of trouble more often than not.
Hutton lacks intelligence but does give enthusiasm. But enthusiasm is not class. He makes it so easy for players to cut back in and shoot its ridiculous. He is rarely capable of showing an attacker down the line away from danger its predictable and frightening especially as I sit right in front of his patch of grass, to watch them cut in and shoot or put a dangerous in swinging cross in is infuriating. He is clumsy and often gets so out of shape or position that he looks panicked and is forced into errors. His challenges are rash (highlighted against Fulham, he could have forced him wide instead of a random hack challenge that was never going to work) He is very similar to Ekotto in the mistakes front but there are games where Ekotto is switched on and strong and defends superbly combined with some great attacking, he is prone to errors often catastrophic but at least he throws in some solid games. Hutton has had couple of stand out games this season but still I never feel assured with him at the back.
Hutton was out the side for a reason and out on loan for a reason how he is back and holding down the role is beyond me. I saw him limp off and Corluka who hadn’t played for a while came on and was superb immediately linking play with Lennon and relaxed at the back. They said Hutton was a doubt for the next game and I thought perfect chance for Corluka to get a foot in but somehow Hutton was deemed fit or risked and the charade continues.
Please put Corluka back.