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Friday, November 14, 2008

Watch out for Huddlestone

Tottenham Hotspur's Tom Huddlestone makes good football look very easy. He makes hitting a fifty yard pin-point pass look effortless. He can ping a powerful shot from outside the box with supreme ease. The pure skill and ease of his footballing talent reminds me of the play of Matt le Tissier. And as indicated by the fact that he is still an England under 21 international - he has plenty of time on his side to progress and progress.

One thing I couldn't understand at the start of this season was why Huddlestone looked to have been sidelined by Daniel Commoli and Juande Ramos. First, Tottenham signed Luka Modric and therefore looked to have put an unnecessarily expensive block in the way of the progression of Huddlestone. This was followed up by the notable lack of starts for Huddlestone under Ramos.

When I heard about Harry Redknapp's shock arrival at White Hart Lane the number one thing I thought he should do was re-instate Huddlestone to the first eleven. He is such a big talent and has so much ability that I couldn't believe that he should remain behind Modric and Zokoro in the CM pecking order.

Redknapp did this - putting Huddlestone in against Bolton and since then he has played a good part in keeping them unbeaten in six games. Huddlestone gives Tottenham a sizable presence in CM and a central midfielder who has the ability to set a great rhythm to the Tottenham possession and attacking game. He looks to have a good rapport with his teammates and I like his demeanour on the pitch; for me he looks to have a good character which will prevent him fading away like other promising youngsters can.

Huddlestone's goal against Dynamo Zagreb last week was outstanding and a good example of his supreme timing in striking a football. And against Liverpool on Wednesday he played a couple of sublime passes and struck a shot that had me very impressed.

I would like to see Huddlestone succeed. With the great motivator and proven developer of young English talent, Harry Redknapp, now in charge there is hope that his excellent talent will not be allowed to waste. His play and progression will be interesting to watch over the next few weeks and months.

6 Comments:

Anonymous CMG1138 said...

WHAT A WELL CRAFTED AND BALANCED ARTICLE (ALRIGHT I"M BIASED I'M A SPURS FAN) IT MAKES A REFRESHING CHANGE TO READ AN ARTICLE CREATED BY SOMEONE WITH A BIT OF FOOTBALLING NOUS AS OPPOSED TO THE USUAL DRIVEL WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH.
LONG MAY YOU CONTINUE

11/14/2008 3:44 pm

 
Blogger kvantum said...

I've always loved Martin Jol, and I think it was a helluva mistake sacking him, what I liked about Jol was that he always played Huddlestone who has been my favourite player alongside Defoe and offcourse King. The wanker Ramos is gone and hopefully Redknapp will continue to play Huddlestone.

I would like to see Adel Taarabt back in the squad.

11/14/2008 5:43 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not being rude but who are 'daniel commoli' and 'zokoro'? secondly, modric plays as an attacking midfielder and huddlestone as a defensive midfielder. thus, signing modric would have no bearing on the playing time young huddlestone would get. other than that a good article. COYS

11/14/2008 6:28 pm

 
Blogger david smith said...

WELL SAID IAM A GREAT FAN OF HUDDS AND LIKEN HIM TO HODDLE ONLY I BET TOM IS A BETTER SINGER .IAA wrote many articles begging ramos to play tom but the fell on deaf ears and ramos payed the penalty.And by is statment we came close to losing this fine talent .He still has not reached is peak yet and i hope iam around and he is still with spurs when he does

11/14/2008 7:07 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article.

I have been a fan of the THUD since I first saw, and the improvment since HR came in has been tremendous.

Did anyone notice that 70 yd pass straight to the feet of Lennon in the L'pool game? If he ever gets to shoot as well as he passes, he will be compared with the incomparable Hoddle

11/14/2008 7:49 pm

 
Blogger RedsMan said...

Huddlestone has the build and height to be quite commanding as a DCM and should clearly be a regular behind Modric. He does pack a shot on him and we've seen his power on many occasions, most recently against Dinamo Zagreb. While I also applaud his passing, which he has done on occasion to great effect, the pass described above is practically the same that Gerrard does but is yet labelled a 'Hollywood Pass'.

When Huddlestone does it, it's fine but when Gerrard does it, it's an Hollywood attempt? Gerrard makes these types of passes more often than not, especially for England, more recently against Kazakhstan, one to Walcott and the other to Ashley Cole, both accurate.

Ramos didnt pay the penalty for not playing Huddlestone, that's not true. Huddlestone came on as a sub on the hour at Stamford Bridge, one of a very few credible performances Ramos can claim. Ramos paid the penalty for low performances that virtually threatened to keep Spurs in the relegation zone.

Comparable to Hoddle in the future? I can't see the credibility in that statement. Hoddle passed, controlled, chipped, touched, dribbled, skilled, scored his way with Spurs, Huddlestone does not get around as much as Hoddle did and his ball control is nothing like Hoddle's was.


RedsMan.

11/15/2008 2:10 am

 

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