It certainly was a summer of transition at White Hart Lane this year, with a number of high profile players heading in and, also, out of Spurs. The big money signings arrived in the form of Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado among others, but you could’ve been forgiven if you missed some of the exits that occurred at the North London club throughout the summer. In fairness, it was easy to miss, amidst the shed loads of cash that was being handed out by Tottenham for all of these “world class” signings.
It must be said, spurs let go some established names in the transfer window, and in total they offloaded an eye catching 12 players on a permanent basis. It is obvious the biggest of those names was a certain Welshman, but disregarding him from the equation, there were still eyebrows raised over a few that headed for the exit in the summer. The likes of fan favourite Scott Parker, USA international Clint Dempsey and highly rated English youngster Steven Caulker found themselves surplus to requirements by AVB. Even with these names on that list, there is one that hasn’t been mentioned yet that Spurs may well end up regretting letting go and his name is, Tom Huddlestone.
Huddlestone? The one hampered by injury a lot? Yes that is the one; he is a transformed player and is finally starting to live up to the potential that has been placed upon him in previous seasons.
The Nottingham born player sealed a move to Hull City back in August for a bargain fee of around £5 million, which is looking like a shrewd piece of business by Hull manager Steve Bruce.
Huddlestone has hit the ground running since his arrival, starting all but one of the tigers’ league games so far and has provided some assured performances. The robust midfielder is one of the main reasons for Hull’s bright start to the premier league campaign which sees them currently sitting 8th place in the table.
The Hull number 8 has always been highly regarded since he burst on the scene in 2003 with Derby County. With this it quickly engineered a move to premier league outfit Spurs where he made over 140 appearances for the Lilywhites. Whilst with Spurs he gained acclaim with the England senior team in 2009 after being an ever present figure at every other England level, he has 4 caps to his name to date.
Huddlestone seems to have been around for a long time, but he is still only at the peak of his career being only 26 years of age. With his injury woes now seemingly behind him it would appear that the best of Tom Huddlestone is yet to come, as he embarks on his new career with Hull City.
One thing is for sure, if he keeps performing like he has been doing for Hull, it won’t be long before Hodgson will have to seriously contemplate picking the midfield ace.
AVB and Spurs may live to regret letting this Englishman go, watch this space.