Recently, rumours have been flying regarding Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone. Reports suggested multiple premier league clubs were interested in him including, Sunderland, Fulham and recently promoted Hull. With the amount of reports suggesting a move, the probability that Huddlestone will remain at the Lane seems to be quite low. These are some of the reasons why Andre Villas-Boas should consider keeping the Spurs number 6.
His long passing and vision
If you were to ask any Spurs fan what Tom Huddlestone’s best trait is, they would most likely answer with “his long passing and his vision”. Now, Huddlestone is indeed a good tackler, and he is very good at positioning himself, but the former two qualities are what gives him the edge as a player. One only has to watch Tottenham play Manchester City at White Hart Lane last season to see how Huddlestone can destroy defences with his passing. He is an excellent option to have off the bench, or in case of injury and should give a good reason as to why he should stay.
With the arrival of Paulinho, depth at central midfield shouldn’t be much of a concern for Andre Villas-Boas. Or does it? This signing suggests that AVB is going to switch to his favoured 4-3-3 formation next season, and with that comes the need for central midfielders. The current Spurs players who should be considered for those three central midfield roles are Mousa Dembele, Sandro, Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Scott Parker, Tom Carroll, Jake Livermore, and the aforementioned Tom Huddlestone. That seems like a good number of players, as it allows for five midfielders to be in reserve of the starting three. However, AVB has already admitted that some of these players must go. Those expected to leave are Parker, Livermore and Huddlestone. If all three leave the club, then there will only be two reserves for the starting three players and that is certainly not enough. So, at least one of the three should be kept. That player should be Huddlestone.
His estimated price tag
A few years ago, Tom Huddlestone had incredible potential. It’s fair to say that his potential has never been actually met, however he is still a good player. He should certainly be valued more than his estimated £5 million price tag. If AVB were to sell Huddlestone for that amount, Tottenham would have accepted the raw end of the deal. Take into consideration the competition for his signature, and that five should be too small for Tottenham to accept. If the five suddenly became somewhere near the eight mark, then AVB should consider selling his English midfielder.
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