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It has long looked like Tom Huddlestone’s days at White Hart Lane are numbered.
Despite managing to overcome a series of career-threatening injuries to rediscover his fitness and manage 28 appearances last term, it seems like the creative midfielder has failed to convince Andre Villas-Boas of his worth in this new-look Tottenham team.
AVB typically prefers mobile, dynamic, technical midfielders, and bearing this in mind, Huddlestone’s greatest weakness may just prove fatal for his Spurs career. The England international has always been on the slow side, and having the turning circle of the Titanic is a quality that has remained with him from his early career until now.
It just doesn’t work in the context of the team the Portuguese manager is trying to build in North London.
The recent acquisition of Paulinho places another obstacle in front of Huddlestone, and it now looks like his future lies away from White Hart Lane.
Stoke and Fulham have previously been linked with his signature, but recently it has appeared that Sunderland is his likely destination.
The Standard have reported that the midfielder is close to a £5million transfer, and this would represent a smart acquisition for the Black Cats. Certainly, there are some fitness fears to manage, but Huddlestone still has a mastery of the ball and an eye for a pass nearly unrivalled amongst his peers.
Some have questioned whether the ponderous playmaker will fit in on Wearside, but if Paolo Di Canio can utilise the former Derby man effectively, Huddlestone could kick start a career that has stalled badly.