Tom Huddlestone at Tottenham crossroads

Tom HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone has admitted he may be forced to leave Spurs this summer in a bid to secure regular first-team football.

Huddlestone enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom when he joined Spurs in 2005, quickly winning himself a first-team place – and comparisons with Glenn Hoddle – thanks to his superb passing ability.

The midfielder was instrumental in helping Tottenham qualify for the Champions League three seasons ago but since then his progress has been severely hampered by an ankle injury.

Huddlestone has started just six Premier League games over the last two seasons and he has struggled to break in to Andre Villas-Boas’ side, with most of his appearances this term coming from the bench.

He came close to joining Stoke last summer and an injury to rival Sandro scuppered hopes of a transfer to Fulham in January, but the 26-year-old concedes he may have to look elsewhere if he does not get more game-time.

“I am 26 now. I missed a year to 18 months through injury,” he said. “You just want to play every game and if that opportunity is not at Tottenham then I will have to look elsewhere.

“I can’t really judge it over the last five games or whatever,” he added. “You’ve got to see the bigger picture throughout the whole season and speak to the manager and see if I am in his plans or not.

“You speak to the manager every day and if you are not playing for a sustained period then you do wonder what’s going on, but the manager has reassured me that I am in his plans even though time-wise on the pitch it hasn’t always been shown that way.”

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