His grandfather went to the same school as Bobby Charlton and now this half-English midfielder might return to his family’s roots.
As his contract ends this summer, they wouldn’t even have to pay any money for him. Hunt can play in attacking midfield either centrally or on the left wing. So far he has played 205 times for Bremen in the Bundesliga and has scored 42 goals in that time.
His season output might not seem too impressive with only 3 goals and 4 assists so far, compared to last season’s 11 goals and 6 assists. Still he has very decent 73% pass accuracy as an attacking midfielder and he has become a real leader for Bremen for which he has constantly been playing since 2004.
His career began very promising when he became Bremen’s youngest goal scorer in their Bundesliga history at the age of 18. However, he couldn’t really meet the high expectations in the following years when he was struggling with injuries and inconsistent performances.
Since his Bundesliga debut he has played with Bremen legends like Ailton, Pizarro, Micoud, Ozil, Diego, Klose and others and never managed to become a consistent top player within these successful years for the club. In the last last two years he really stepped up and took responsibility when the club was in real danger of being relegated to the second division.
Nobody would have thought that he could give his career such a turn after he had been seen already as another example of the forever talents who just wouldn’t achieve a career breakthrough despite their skills.
Though being a sloppy talent was not his only problem at that time. In 2007 he was accused of abusiveemarks by the English players Micah Richards and Anton Ferdinand after an under-21 European Championship qualification match between Germany and England. Although the penalty of a two match ban was cancelled after his protest, this episode suited just well to the image of a slightly arrogant and complicated character.
How things have changed. Last weekend in the Bundesliga match against Nuremberg the referee marked a penalty for Bremen after Hunt had been fouled in Nuremberg’s penalty box. Directly after that Hunt went to the referee and asked him to withdraw his decision as according to him it hadn’t been a foul. Right now Hunt is celebrated in Germany for this fair play gesture.
He already told Bremen that he doesn’t want to extend his contract with them and since then several clubs have been linked to him. Maybe the fact that his mother and all of her family come from London will convince him to join Spurs.
The likelihood of seeing him play there next season is at least higher than the one of seeing him in an England jersey soon. In 2009 he said about the possibility of playing for the Three Lions, "I feel very honoured and extremely happy that England have expressed an interest in me and even watched me play. But I am clear in my mind that I want to play for Germany. This is where I have grown up and played all my football, and it seems a logical decision to make."
Since then he has played for Germany only in three friendly matches and therefore could still overthink his decision from back then.
Moving to Tottenham in the summer could be the first step to draw the attention of the English football fans to him again.