Shown the exit door by Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham, Tom Huddlestone took a chance by joining newly promoted side Hull City over the summer. The central midfielder was not deemed mobile enough for the White Hart Lane club, but seemingly has a new lease of life at the KC Stadium.
The 26-year-old gained four England caps during his time in north London, and has represented his country through the age grades.
Steve Bruce has recently stated that he feels that Huddlestone should be back in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts.
“It’s scary how good he is,” Bruce said.
“If there’s a better passer of the ball ... I don’t think there can be. He has great players ahead of him: the Gerrards and Lampards of this world and the Wilsheres.
“But there’s no reason playing week in, week out and performing like he has been doing, why he can’t.”
Bruce is right about one thing: Huddlestone’s range of passing. The former Derby County man’s ability with the ball at his feet, vision and incredible technique make him a typically un-English player. Even when given limited chances towards the end of his time at Tottenham, the playmaker showed incredible ability to play a killer ball when given fleeting chances under AVB.
He has shown his ability at Hull, and is the focal point for the majority of their time in possession. Huddlestone will be a major player for Bruce’s side if they are to avoid Premier League relegation this season.
However, Bruce is incorrect in stating that Huddlestone will have to combat against Lampard, Gerrard and Wilshere. The former Spurs man’s style of play is similar to another player who once starred at White Hart Lane, in the form of Michael Carrick.
Both have exceptional ranges of passing and deep-lying tendencies, and as such it will most likely be one or the other for Hodgson when selecting his England squads going forward.
Given Carrick’s importance to Manchester United and the fact that he is seemingly back in favour with Hodgson after a period in the international wilderness, Huddlestone will have a real job on his hands to make the squad travelling to Brazil (assuming England make it).
However, having Huddlestone playing regularly in the Premier League and in form will give Hodgson a real option should someone like Carrick be unavailable, as both of these players break the mould of stereotypical English midfielders.
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