Huddlestone prepared to leave Spurs


Tom Huddlestone admits he may have to leave Tottenham this summer to get first-team football.

The midfielder came off the bench on Sunday to help turn the game around against Manchester City. The early form of Sandro and Mousa Dembele along with injury problems have seen big Hudd start just six Premier League games over the last two seasons.

He admits himself that at the age of 26 he needs to be playing regular first-team football. A move to Stoke City last summer fell through, while a switch to Fulham in January which would have seen him link up with former boss Martin Jol was pulled after Sandro was ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

It’s refreshing to see that AVB has assured Huddlestone that he is a part of his plans. His performance on Sunday instantly gave us width back on the pitch and his through ball to Gareth Bale for our third goal was just sublime. He is able to unlock the opposition defence with a pass unlike any other player on our books.

“I am 26 now. I missed a year to 18 months through injury,” he said.

“You just want to play every game and if that opportunity is not at Tottenham then I will have to look elsewhere.”

“I can’t really judge it over the last five games or whatever,” he said.

“You’ve got to see the bigger picture throughout the whole season and speak to the manager and see if I am in his plans or not.

“You speak to the manager every day and if you are not playing for a sustained period then you do wonder what’s going on, but the manager has reassured me that I am in his plans even though time-wise on the pitch it hasn’t always been shown that way.

“I’m not sure what happened (regarding Fulham). I just read about it and saw it on the TV.”

He added: “It has been a frustrating few months. Scotty (Parker) has been back and fit. He has played a few games.

“Mousa (Dembele) has been excellent since he has come in so it’s just a case of biding your time and, if you are given a slight opportunity towards the end of games like I was against City, you to have to try to prove to the manager that you should be in the starting XI.”

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  1. Uh how about no. He is killer with his passes. Parker is getting old and will have to be replaced. Livermore is not better than Huddlestone. Sell Livermore with a buy back clause. Or let Parker go.

    • I agree with you Jake; i think the best option is to let Parker go, particularly as he rarely seems to finish games anyway, keeping Livermore and Huddlestone. As long as Tom stays fit and watches his weight(!), there are few players better in that role in the PL, in my opinion.

  2. Yep. Sell Livermore, drop Scott to the bench, use Hudd in the Dembele role. You can't lose his incredible passing ability and technique. He might not be quick, but plenty of midfielders have overcome a lack of pace with precision passing. Valderrama springs to mind.

  3. Hudds hasnt progressed enough and i believe he has gone backwards . he was due to join stoke in the summer but , that fell threw . the reason wasnt health but , we wanted more than stoke were prepared to pay . i would love Hudds to be part of our future but , like Parker he will be part of our past COYS


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