Tottenham News: Tom Huddlestone Looks to Move on from White Hart Lane


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England international and 26-year-old Tottenham midfielder, Tom Huddlestone, may look to move on from North London following his lack of first team action in recent months.

Over the span of the past two campaigns, Huddlestone has only managed six Premier League starts for his side, mostly due to injury issues. His struggles to break back into the starting eleven under the reign of Andre Villas-Boas has seemingly ended in frustration. The past three matches has seen the Englishman come off the bench and provide a measurable impact upon the game, most notably in the latest match against a slow-to-react Manchester City side.

Repeated instances of near-transfers have broken down in the past year, with Stoke City nearly capturing him last summer, but an assumed failed medical and an unattractive offer called the loan deal off. A move to Fulham this January seemed imminent, but it was called off due to Sandro falling to injury and depth being needed. To the dismay of Huddlestone’s insistence to start, Spurs expedited the acquisition of Lewis Holtby to fill the Sandro-shaped gap in the attacking midfield.

When asked of where his career stands, Huddlestone had this to say (via The Independent):

“I am 26 now. I missed a year to 18 months through injury. You just want to play every game and if that opportunity is not at Tottenham then I will have to look elsewhere[...] 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.”

Despite looking like returning to form, as seen in how he cut open the heart of City’s defense this past weekend to slot Gareth Bale in for a goal, Huddlestone knows he’s nearing the peak of his playing career and needs to have more minutes in order to gain and sustain form. His performance against the Citizens may prove key in keeping him around, maybe finally proving his worth to the young Portuguese manager in charge.

With next summer’s World Cup looming, Huddlestone is likely to make a decision early on in the coming summer on his future at White Hart Lane, so that he can make a stronger case for his inclusion into Roy Hodgson’s England side. His last appearance for the Three Lions ended up being an exhibition for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s immaculate abilities and goal scoring ability, as he tucked away four of the best in Stockholm back in November.

Huddlestone’s future in North London hangs on the decisions of Andre Villas-Boas and who he chooses for the starting eleven, as Tottenham look to make a major push to gain Champions League qualification in the final run of fixtures for the season.

Do you believe Huddlestone needs to be given more first team starting opportunities or should he wait his turn? Leave a comment below on what you think the future holds for Tom Huddlestone.

2 Comments on "Tottenham News: Tom Huddlestone Looks to Move on from White Hart Lane"

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  1. Prem says:

    Yep.. play Hudders instead of Parker

  2. Jonny says:

    He’s reminded everyone of how good he is lately. I still think he’ll want to leave. Got to remember, with the type of player he is, he’s nowhere near his peak. For example Carrick at 31 is so much better than Carrick at 26. I think he’ll move away to get games, then be bought by a bigger club once he’s proved his fitness. Amazing passer with vision to match.

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