Savage: These two ex Spurs players are to blame if Hull go down

Tom Huddlestone

The BBC pundit has been disappointed in England internationals Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.

Robbie Savage has pointed to the poor form of Hull City's midfield duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore as one of the club's major problems this season, in his BBC Sport Column.

Hull have slipped down the Premier League table, and are now in real danger of being relegated as they find themselves two points from safety with just a couple of matches left to play.

The former Wales international suffered the ignominy of being involved in Derby County's record low points total when they got relegated in 2008, recording just eleven points.

He has highlighted a couple of reasons as to why Hull have struggled so much this season, ahead of Saturday's game against Tottenham, and chief among them are the performances of ex Spurs duo Huddlestone and Livermore.

Both joined from North London last season, with Livermore arriving on loan initially, with the Tigers paying big money to bring the two England internationals to the KC Stadium.

And though Savage has admitted they were impressive last year, he has had issues with their displays this season, with the Hull midfield a real cause for concern.

"Tom Huddlestone was the team's driving force last season and people were talking about him getting an England call-up," said Savage on BBC Sport. "But going forward he has not contributed anything like as much this time around."

And Huddlestone wasn't the only ex Spurs man to be criticised, with 25-year-old Livermore also bearing the brunt of Savage's criticism just hours before he was suspended by the club.

"Alongside him, Jake Livermore has also struggled to repeat the form he showed when he was on loan last season," added the former Leicester midfielder. "When you add it all up you can see why Hull struggle to create chances, let alone score goals."

  PositionTeamGoalsOntarget Scoring Att GAMEGoal AssistTotal Att Assist GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Jake Livermore MF Hull City 1 0.31 1 0.77 35 3031
Tom Huddlestone MF Hull City 0 0.24 2 0.72 29 2384

The stats above show that between the two players, they have scored just one goal all season. Things are barely better creatively either, with just three goals created for their teammates.

Both seldom register a shot on target, Livermore doing so less than once every three matches and Huddlestone once every four, while they also struggle to set up a teammates attempt at least once a match. 

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