Football FanCast columnist Matt Wright feels that Tom Huddlestone deserves everything that he gets.
While Wilson Palacios is widely revered by Tottenham supporters and most neutrals in general, it is Big Tom Huddlestone that for me has been the star turn this season and his displays have been of the highest order; it is he, rather than the Honduran that finishes most games and he is becoming such a key player for Harry Redknapp.
Tom Huddlestone deserves everything he gets and all the plaudits are more than justified for a player who I have always felt was typecast as someone who could pass the ball a bit, but lacked everything else or had any real presence on the pitch. This season he has proved them all wrong and has dominated the proceedings in central midfield on many occasions in what has been his first sustained period in the first team.
Let’s be honest it could have been different had JJ not been injured in pre-season, given that Huddlestone was hinting in the media that he may look to leave if he wasn’t going to get first team football. Tom was given the chance and he hasn’t looked back and in many ways it is now JJ whose career is at a crossroads and is perhaps thinking of moving on. Huddlestone is maturing and developing into the kind of player that his potential suggested he would be and he is more than silencing his doubters at White Hart Lane and most neutrals.
One person who never questioned his talents is Fabio Capello who not only spoke highly of him earlier on this year, but called him up for the recent friendly against Brazil. Although to some a call-up to the squad for South Africa maybe somewhat premature, I honestly believe that if he maintains his excellent form here on in until the end of the season, then I reckon he could be one of Fabio’s surprise packages for June. I hope so, after all it will be no more than his performances deserved.