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CCF Rebooted: No.8 - Andrew Tutte
Wednesday, 3rd Feb 2021 12:04 by atthepeake

A young Andrew Tutte was still finding his feet as a footballer during his time with Rochdale, firstly on loan before a permanent move to Spotland in 2011.

Position: Central Midfielder

Arrived from: Manchester City

Played : 2010-2011 (1st spell), 2011-2014 (2nd spell)

Appearances : 95 (7 1st spell, 88 2nd spell)

Goals : 10 (all 2nd spell)

Left for: Bury

When he first joined the club on a short-term loan deal from Manchester City in the 2010/2011 season, it's fair to say that Tutte's chances were limited. Aged just 19 on arrival, he made his debut in an away win at Brentford and featured in the famous 0-2 victory at Southampton, but made just seven league appearances in total as he struggled to break into a settled starting XI.

Indeed, some of these appearances were made in unfamiliar positions for Tutte, playing wider in order to get game time with the likes of Gary Jones and Jason Kennedy very rarely missing out on Keith Hill's starting eleven.

He'd spend the rest of the season on loan at Shrewsbury Town and Yeovil Town before returning to Rochdale in the summer upon the expiry of his contract, becoming one of several Citizens academy graduates to link up with former coach Steve Eyre.

In what was the club's worst season in recent history, Tutte was one of few players to emerge with any credit. He was committed and willing to battle in difficult circumstances and even showed flashes of real quality at times.

He even seemed to fit the bill as an archetypal John Coleman player when Dale snared the Accrington manager in the January of that season following Eyre's dismissal. With a high work-rate and an eye for a pass (as well as being Liverpudlian by birth), Tutte was a mainstay of the team and was one of few players who never seemed to give up the fight, even when relegation became a certainty.

The flashes of quality were there too, mainly exhibited by a powerful strike in a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield, but he would become more of a goal threat in the following season, scoring seven times as Dale looked to return to League One at the first time of asking. His early season form subsided however as Keith Hill looked to stamp his authority on the squad after returning to replace Coleman in the January of 2013.

Tutte's energy and drive couldn't be faulted, but it did at times perhaps leave his fellow midfielders exposed in the middle of the park. He was maybe guilty of trying to effect the game too much at times, rather than sticking to his specified role within the team.

With Peter Cavanagh preferred in a deeper role and Matt Lund mostly partnered by the emerging Jamie Allen, Tutte's chances were again limited under Hill in the following campaign. Reports of clashes with staff members possibly didn't help his cause and he was eventually allowed to join local rivals Bury on a free transfer at the start of 2014.

In hindsight, the Tutte that we saw at Spotland was seemingly still finding his feet and he has been better suited elsewhere since becoming arguably a more measured midfielder in spells with Bury and Morecambe. He made over 100 appearances for the Shakers and 30 for the Shrimps before joining Bolton Wanderers this summer, where he has featured in 17 League Two fixtures thus far.

At Dale, he was unable to single-handedly drag poor sides to better performances before struggling to oust some of Keith Hill's preferred players - but he was far from one of the worst to play for the club during a difficult relegation campaign and a transitional period thereafter.

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