There has been plenty of talk today suggesting that Tom Huddlestone is nearing a move to Sunderland.

The bulky Spurs midfielder nearly left the club last summer albeit on a temporary basis when he failed to agree a loan move to Stoke City (you can hardly blame him). Andre Villas-Boas wanted him to get playing time in order to regain match sharpness after undergoing two ankle operations.

This time out, crazy Mackems boss Paolo Di Canio is keen to bring Huddlestone to the Stadium of Light in a £5million deal. Huddlestone, now 26, needs regular first-team football at his age. When you look at the talent we have in our midfield, it’s obvious that Hudd will struggle to get first-team football on a regular basis. Dembele, Sandro, Paulinho, Holtby, Sigurddson, Parker (still here) and the young Tommy Carroll are all ahead of Huddlestone in AVB’s plans.

There is no doubting his ability to ping a ball 60 yards onto the small chest of Aaron Lennon, but even when he cuts out the tomato ketchup he still lacks the sharpness which we need in our engine room to play the pass and move game which is synonymous with our tradition.

He can move to Sunderland and become the focal part of their midfield, there’s no doubt he’ll do well there.  Tom Huddlestone is a good player, but it just shows how strong our midfield options currently are.


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