Saturday, April 18, 2009

Huddlestone Likely to Start

With the news that Jermaine Jenas will almost certainly sit out the Newcastle match with his hamstring injury, it appears that Tom Huddlestone will be given another opportunity to prove his worth, more than likely starting alongside Wilson Palacios tomorrow.

Given the freedom to play in an attacking role, I think Hudd will have a good game, Palacios can do the dirty work and let Hudd make the probing passes he does well. Will he keep his place when JJ is healthy? Almost certainly not. And with the comment by Harry in the Sun and the Times, it makes you wonder if Hudd will be here longer.

In The Sun and in the Times Harry talked about how he knows players want to play, but he is the manager, and the results speak for themselves. With Hudd making another comment this week about his lack of playing time, I think this was a not so veiled warning to Hudd by Harry.

I've mentioned before how I like Huddlestone, and think he would be a good player for us, but I don't see him staying beyond this summer. But maybe I'm wrong.

Harry Redknapp: Unhappy Spurs players are free to leave
Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, has told Tom Huddlestone, the unsettled midfielder, that he can leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season if he is unhappy.

Redknapp believes his selection policy has been vindicated, having transformed a team who were fighting against relegation when he took over in October into one currently sat in the top half of the Barclays Premier League table and his remarks apply also to David Bentley and other fringe first-team squad members.

“I came and took over a team that was doing no good,” Redknapp said. “So I'm sorry but if people are not happy because they are not playing I really don’t care to be honest with you.

"Whatever I have done I have done it right because I am picking a team that is winning football matches. I have brought players in and the competition became fiercer.”

Huddlestone, who began his first league match in nearly four months against West Ham United on Saturday, should start alongside Wilson Palacios against Newcastle United on Sunday, with Jermaine Jenas out with a hamstring injury.

“Tom is a good player, a terrific player,” Redknapp added. “He could be a top player and he was excellent against West Ham last week but I brought Wilson Palacios in from Wigan Athletic and he has done well for me. It is competition for places. That is how it is for everybody.”

1 comment:

  1. The irony is that Hudd didn't get a game under Ramos yet started the first 10 under Harry when Spurs were first resurgent. I hope Hudd does start on sunday, I think he'd do well alongside Palacios (as Jenas has). Hudd needs to put down a marker for next season if he wants to remain and Jenas's position should be the one he should be looking at.