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Huddlestone and Carrick on England duty.
Tom Huddlestone left Tottenham last summer, the best part of his final three seasons with the club ravaged by injuries and the consequences of missing so much football.
Now at Hull City, Huddlestone is beginning to demonstrate the all-round influence on games that was looking like it was truly emerging with Spurs back in 2009-10.
The centre-midfielder's 33 Premier League starts that year were the most he put together during his White Hart Lane stay.
Huddlestone's passing was typically precise and deployed with impressive range. There was an extra purpose to it, though, as there was in his more urgent defensive hassling.
As Spurs earned a long-desired Champions League spot, the young midfielder's burgeoning partnership with Luka Modric looked like one Spurs might truly be able to move forward with. Unfortunately, that was not to be.
Besides that campaign, the individual games and goals Huddlestone produced made for a fine, albeit inconsistent footballing resume.
His sweetly struck long-range efforts—including goals against Manchester City in 2006, Bolton Wanders in 2010 and Arsenal in 2011—were testament to a tremendous technique.
Michael Carrick did not have the eye for a goal that Huddlestone did, but as his predecessor in the Tottenham midfield, he was certainly his equal (if not superior) when it came to passing the ball.
Signed by then-sporting director Frank Arnesen in 2004, he did not do much for Jacques Santini as a player. Martin Jol was well aware of his talents, though, quickly installing him as the creative fulcrum of his midfield.
Carrick's duties extended to implementing his reading of the game in making interceptions and gliding in to snuff out opposition attacks. What he could do with the ball going forward, though, was where he really earned his money.
Notching 12 assists in two seasons with Spurs, Carrick was responsible for instigating so much of Spurs' football. In a 2005-06 season where many stood out, it was he brought everything together so successfully.
Oft-overlooked for his contributions with Manchester United, Tottenham fans know Spurs might have pushed on even further than they did if the England man had not moved on in 2006.