The England man has vented his frustrations this week at a lack of first team football. But is the real reason of a more folically induced frustration?
Tom Huddlestone has definitely had something of an eventful season. After recovery from injury he was introduced to Premier League action for the first time in over a year at the start of September against Norwich City as an 82nd minute substitute; moments later he was sent off.
He played for England; could have joined Fulham and was lampooned for his performance against Leeds United in the FA Cup.
His season continued with several ups and downs and this month has highlighted that.
He came off the bench against Everton in the 2-2 draw and put in a quite impressive performance before missing a penalty against FC Basel that saw Spurs tumble out of the Europa League.
However he came on this weekend during the tie with Manchester City and along with fellow substitutes Lewis Holtby and Jermain Defoe helped to change the tide of the game in an astonishing 3-1 triumph.
However it has not been as eventful as he might like. Simply put he has not had enough game-time under Andre Villas Boas.
Since the Portuguese arrived in the summer he has played just 579 minutes of Premier League football. When you compare this total to the likes of Sandro (1779) and Scott Parker (1067) who have spent large parts of the season injured then you can understand any frustration the former Derby County player may have over his lack of action.
Frustration he has vented this week:
“Have I thought I might need a move? Yes, at times - especially if you don’t play for a few months. I’m 26 now and 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.’’
However is there not another reason entirely for his apparent desire to potentially leave the club; his hair.
The afro has now been growing since October 2011 and its growth has helped raise over £11k for Cancer Research UK but it truly is getting quite ridiculous now and he even admitted this was just as a reason for frustration as his lack of playing time in the same interview.
I myself have dabbled with some pretty lengthy barnets in the past and while I loved my luscious golden surfer boy blonde locks there is only so much one man can take. There is only so many times you can get away with wearing a headband to play football before someone starts calling you ’Guti’ in the fashion Tim Lovejoy used to on Soccer AM.
So I can relate to Tom on his long hair frustration and while he is only getting 20 odd minutes here and there he is going to struggle to find the back of the net.
If he is ever going to get to utter the words ‘Grade Two all over, please’ then a move away may be the only way.
Do you think Tom Huddlestone will cut his hair before the end of the season?
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