Hutton eyes another level
Alan Hutton is looking to take his game to another level after getting an extended run in the Spurs team.
Last Updated: 07/11/10 2:06pm
Spurs defender Alan Hutton is looking to take his game to another level after getting an extended run in the team.
The former Rangers man has played in the last nine games for Harry Redknapp's high-fliers following an injury to Vedran Corluka.
It is a welcome change of fortune for the 25-year-old, who had to spend time away on loan with Sunderland last term after failing to hold down a regular starting berth with Spurs.
Hutton scored against Bolton in the 4-2 reverse on Saturday and now believes he is three games away from his peak match performance.
Once he reaches this, he would like to push on and take his game to another level.
Hutton told the Daily Record: "I'm really enjoying my football. This is the happiest I've been in a few years.
"When (former Spurs boss) Juande Ramos signed me from Rangers (in 2008) things were great for the first few months. I settled and was making an impact.
"But there was a change of manager and that didn't work too well for me.
"I also had injury problems and my life on the pitch became totally disrupted. For one reason or another I've had a hard 18 months.
"When I was fit I couldn't get back into the team as Corluka was preferred to me. I went out on loan to Sunderland last season and got some confidence back.
"Now I'm playing regularly at Tottenham and getting back to the level I should be at.
"Another three games will take me there. I will then try to reach another level."
Hutton looks to the example of Gareth Bale, who has hit the headlines in recent weeks after two dazzling performances against European champions Inter Milan.
He added: "When you look at the way Gareth is playing it gives us all something to push for. His form is amazing, he looks a world-class player.
"Gareth is a great lad and a dedicated pro. He can do anything he wants in football.
"We also have Rafael van der Vaart who has added a new dimension to the team. He brings a real spark and has skill and flair."
Tottenham are well placed to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and Hutton is looking for them to kick on in the competition.
He said: "I played with Rangers when we made it to the last 16 under Alex McLeish in 2006. The standard was high back then but it has gone up a notch.
"You are facing the best players in the world and there is no hiding place.
"If you are not up to it then you will get found out pretty quickly.
"We are close to qualifying for the knockout stages and that would be a good achievement. But we want to kick on from that. Why not aim for the last eight then take it from there?
"The January transfer window gives clubs the chance to strengthen but we will be fine with this squad. With Bale and van der Vaart in amazing form we are in great shape.
"We are impressive going forward with players like Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and Robbie Keane. We have so many options.
"When I attack from right-back it's great to look up and see players making themselves available, finding a pocket of space.
"Our fans have loved the Champions League experience and will now want us to be involved year after year. That's easier said than done but we will do our best."