Tottenham Hotspur fans thought that they had seen the last of right back Alan Hutton for a long time after the Scottish defender had a falling out with Harry Redknapp several weeks ago, but thanks to Vedran Corluka's ankle injury caused by a wayward Mathieu Flamini tackle, he's back. SB Nation's Tottenham blog Cartilage Free Captain is none too pleased about his return, either, wondering whether he's such a poor player that Spurs would be better off playing someone else out of position at right back for tonight's crucial Champions League match against AC Milan. Some of the alternative options, according to CFC:
A hobbling, not 90 minutes fit
If Corluka is currently bipedal, this is a better option than Hutton.
William Gallas at right back, Sebastian Bassong at left central defense,at right central defense
Gallas played well at right back after Corluka went off injured in the first leg of this tie, and he's played it for Arsenal in a serious pinch. I don't think we need a right back to bomb forward and put in crosses since we'll probably be a bit defensive minded. Plus, Hutton's crosses suck anyway.
Why do I get the feeling that there's some trepidation about Hutton facing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho at White Hart Lane amongst Spurs fans? It's not all bad for Tottenham, though - at least Hutton won't have to contend with Gareth Bale, a prospect that's probably given Milan right back Ignazio Abate nightmares.