Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Rumored Want Aways Come Good

The match versus West Ham brought Spurs to 41 points, which is the magic number for safety in the Premier League. I think most Spurs fans had stopped seriously worrying around the time of the victory at Villa, but it is nice to be sure of Premier League football next year. Who would have thought we'd be in 8th position with 6 games to go when Harry took charge of the club? The days of 2 points through 8 games seem like only a bad dream at this point.

One thing that has been happening constantly over the past month is the rumors that both Tom Huddlestone and Roman Pavlyuchenko would be sold in the summer, most likely to Fulham and Chelsea respectively. During the West Ham match, both made contributions to the cause, and no contribution was bigger than Pavy's goal.

Both players have been on the outside of the team looking in for the past few months, and Huddlestone has been quoted as wondering about his future with the club. The fact that both saw significant action yesterday certainly helped their confidence, and Pavy's goal might have convinced Harry to try him with Robbie Keane against Newcastle next week.

Huddlestone did not light up the field, he had some good shots and his passing was up to par as usual, but he certainly didn't displace Wilson Palacios in the lineup, though if Jermaine Jenas doesn't recover from his hamstring problem, Hudd could see another start.

Both players have bright futures, though here at Spurs is yet to be seen. I'm happy both of them got a run-out against West Ham, if for no other reason than their asking price went up if Harry does want to sell them. I think Huddlestone will be moving on, but Pavy will be back at the Lane next summer, but for one day, both were just happy to be back in the team.

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