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Premiership Player Profile – Tom Huddlestone

This is the 11th instalment of the Premier League player profiles, as I and fellow blogger 5stars have been working on these profiles for over a month now, please enjoy this weeks features as I will be profiling Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone, and 5stars will be featuring Wolves defender Jody Craddock.

Tom Huddlestone started his football career as a young graduate of the Derby County squad, over a four year period with the Rams the midfielder was able to feature 88 times for Derby; however he failed to find the net in his Derby County career. In the 2005 January transfer window Tom Huddlestone signed for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, however in his early years as a Tottenham player, Huddlestone was flogged out on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the 2005-2006 season, where he made thirteen appearances, and scored one goal. Since he joined Tottenham in the year 2005, Huddlestone hasn’t been given the chance he deserves until this season of course. So far the former Derby player has appeared nineteen times for Spurs this season and is definitely on course for his most successful season as a Tottenham player.

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The 2009/2010 Premier League campaign has seen Tom Huddlestone emerge as a first team regular in the Tottenham squad. However throughout his appearances this season, some of Huddlestone’s playing attributes have come into question. The Spurs fans seem to have divided opinions on Tom Huddlestone, as some say that he is one of the slowest players in the Tottenham team, also even though his presence is needed in Harry Redknapp’s team his tackling isn’t up to scratch either.

On the other hand he has a superb passing ability, as his diagonal passes are one of the best in the whole of the English Premier League. Also Huddlestone has very powerful shots, which has seen him rocket in, with some long range goals this season. His only goal in the Premier League this season came from outside of the eighteen yard box, as he netted Tottenham’s 2nd goal in the 2-0 win over Sunderland in early November. From my point of view, what is Tom Huddlestone doing wrong for Tottenham, the midfielder has established himself as a first team regular for Spurs this season, also his passing and his shooting ability gives Tottenham an extra bit of class, plus Fabio Capello decided to call up Tom Huddlestone for the England squad two months ago. The Nottingham born midfielder is still only 23 years old, as he has many seasons left throughout his football career, to improve as an all round football player.

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Tom Huddlestone is one of many England players, who could well be picked as part of Fabio Capello 23 man squad for the 2010 World Cup. Tom Huddlestone already has an England cap alongside his name, as he made his senior debut against Brazil in November. Fabio Capello seems to admire the young Tottenham star, as this could well have a positive affect on his chances, for a shock World Cup spot as part of the England team. Huddlestone has also appeared for England at U-17, U-19 and U-21 levels, he was part of the England under 21 team who secured a semi final spot at the 2007 Uefa under 21 championships; however Huddlestone missed the semi final, as he was sent-off in the previous game. Tom Huddlestone could well be a surprise call up for Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad, also if he improves as a footballer, he could well turn about to be one of the best midfielders in the English game.

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Wednesday Premiership Player Profile – Jody Craddock(by 5stars)

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