Tom Huddlestone's partnership with Luka Modric was a treat to watch for Premier League fans during the 2010/11 season.
Tottenham Hotspur won numerous points due to the creative pair destroying opposition to bits with their sheer ability.
Since then both players have moved in two different directions. Modric became one of the best midfielders in the world while Huddlestone found himself surplus to the requirements at White Hart Lane.
Spurs were reluctant to depart with Modric at any cost and it took a club record fee to part ways with player. At the same time, Huddlestone almost left the club twice without any fights, first last summer and again in January.
Stoke City failed in their attempts last summer while Fulham couldn’t go through with the deal as injuries at White Hart Lane vetoed his exit.
Huddlestone’s lack of pace and mobility was the reason why Andre Villas-Boas deemed him surplus to his requirements.
Even though he lacks these two aspects, it will be very difficult to find a player with his passing range. His vision is also unique and it was one of those prime reasons behind Spurs dangerous attacks in previous seasons.
Equally talented with both right and left foot, it will be very difficult to find deep-lying playmakers of his calibre.
It’s been 18 months since we witnessed the Huddlestone we know. An ankle injury has curtailed his career but he is still coming back and is showing some impressive signs.
Sunderland are reported to be closing in on a £5million deal for the midfielder. At the same time, Hull City and Fulham are also interested in securing his signature.
For the amount mentioned, he will be a bargain for any of the aforementioned clubs. Huddlestone is a player that can change the fortunes of the team with his sheer ability.
He showed how effective he can be when he was handed regular time on the pitch towards the end of season,.
They should keep hold of him at any cost. He might not be suitable in an athletic 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation, but he can be the difference in any game with his vision and passing range.
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