Tottenham never gave me a fair chance, says Hull new boy Huddlestone
Tom Huddlestone has explained he left Tottenham Hotspur because he felt he was never given a fair chance to win a place in the team under Andre Villas-Boas, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Huddlestone completed a £5.25m move to the Premier League new boys in the week and revealed his frustration at being a bit-part player at White Hart Lane - despite, he says, impressing in midfield on the rare occasions he was given an opportunity by Villas-Boas.
“I didn’t feel I got a fair crack of the whip,” the 26-year-old said. “I’d play some games and the results were good and my personal performances were good, and then I’d find myself out of the team for six or seven weeks without any explanation.
“That’s disappointing. I’m not one of those players who goes and knocks on the manager’s door every Monday morning if I’m not playing. I just get my head down, graft hard during the week and try and get in the team at the weekend.” the England international added.
Huddlestone revealed he did not speak with Villas-Boas in pre-season - he already knew the club was willing to sell him and left it at that. But Huddlestone expressed his worry that Villas-Boas is systematically reducing the number of British players at the club, despite those same players serving Spurs well over the last few years.
“The first few years I was there, the philosophy and policy were to buy young British players, such as myself, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson, Jermaine Jenas, and players like that,” Huddlestone said.
“Now Steve Caulker has gone sold to Cardiff], they’ve let me go, Jake [Livermore] has left and it has gone the opposite way - buying more established international players. I’m not sure if it is good for the club.
“It will be difficult [for Tottenham]. They’ve let a few players go who were used to the Premier League week in, week out. Bringing players in from abroad, as we’ve seen in the past, can take them a while to settle. You could see it happening last season. David Bentley left, Jermaine Jenas left [for QPR in January] and they were ready to accept a bid [also from QPR] for Michael Dawson. ”
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