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Former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has rubbed the salt into the wounds of Arsenal by saying that it would be nice if the gunners failed to win any major trophy once again.

Arsenal have not won a major trophy for the last nine years and Huddlestone has seen this misfortune from close ranks when he was at Tottenham, who have managed to win the Capital One Cup during this period. Huddlestone has since completed a permanent move to Hull City where he is one of the important members of the squad.

The club reached the finals of the FA Cup after managing to beat Sheffield United 5-3 in the semifinals. This victory has set up a match against the gunners in the final of the competition at the Wembley stadium.

Huddlestone scored the important goal for the club in the 54th minute, as they were in danger of being knocked out by the League One outfit for most of the first half. Hull will be going into the FA Cup final as the underdogs, but Huddlestone is not worried about this status since he feels that this will actually suit his team.

Arsenal have reached the finals of major competitions during this period, but they have ended up with nothing.
“It would be nice to stop them from winning anything again. We know it is going to be difficult but it is a Cup final and it is probably the best place to be an underdog. We have shown against the big boys in the league that we can match them, although we probably haven’t got a lot of the results we deserve. But Liverpool are flying high at the top of the league and we have beaten them, so hopefully against Arsenal we can do the same,” said Huddlestone.


Hull City’s Tom Huddlestone has played in just about every single Premier League match for his club in the current season as he is an important player for the club of Steve Bruce but the same cannot be said for the England squad as he has not been featured for his country since 2012.

The mother of Tom Huddlestone, Maxine Huddlestone expressed her anger through twitter after the midfielder failed to appear in Roy Hodgson’s squad which played a friendly match against Denmark as well as not being named for their 2014 World Cup qualifiers which was played in October of last year.

“England squad ……same old same old” Maxine wrote through her twitter account.

The midfield of England is being tightly contested between Gerrard, Lampard, Cleverley, Wilshere, Milner and others. Tom Huddlestone will have to perform better and standout more than those players during the next few weeks in order for Hodgson to even consider calling him up and bring him to Brazil to represent his country.

Even though Tom Huddlestone has not been called up to represent England since 2012, he remains hopeful that things could change soon enough.

“I remain hopeful but, as I’ve said before, there have been times where I thought I might be able to sneak in and haven’t, There has also been a couple of times where I’ve thought I was miles away from the squad and I’ve managed to get in.” The 27 years old midfielder told the club’s official website.

Hull City’s coach Steve Bruce also has faith that Tom Huddlestone has a chance on getting into the plane to Brazil.

“He’s done very well this season. There’s always a bit of a shock when you expect to be included. I don’t think it’s over yet though. There is a still a lot of football to be played. He’s got to keep working and hoping something opens up for him. We all know he’s got the ability. He’s a wonderful footballer. He’s just got to keep plugging away and force his way on to the plane’’. Bruce revealed.


Hull City’s Tom Huddlestone ended his goal drought that saw him unable to score a goal in over 50 matches as his side played against Fulham some weeks ago and the midfielder fulfilled his promise as he invited the hair stylist Lance Lowe to cut his hair and helped raise over €36,000 for Cancer Research with some of it being auctioned on Ebay and the bids even reached €3,450.

“I had a couple of requests on Twitter for a Mr T mohican but have decided not to go as drastic as that. It is a big moment and one we want to do properly,” he said.

Tom Huddlestone’s capabilities have seen almost securing a spot in Fabio Capello’s England XI but an ankle ligament injury saw him going through reconstructive surgery and 18 months out of the playing fields which eventually left him unable to snatch a place in the main squad of England some years ago and the English midfielder recently spoke about what it was like playing in Tottenham with Villas-Boas where he felt that his chances of playing were very limited.

“I didn’t get a fair crack of the whip last season. I played games where results were good and I felt my performances were good, then I’d find myself out of the team for six or seven weeks with no explanation’’.

“I know people go on about my injuries but I was fit and available most of last year. In my first few seasons down there the policy was to build around young British players like me, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale , Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas but now most of us have left and Spurs have gone very much down the continental route.” The English midfielder said.


Jake Livermore has been one of the best players for Hull city this season and Tom Huddlestone, who recently made the permanent switch to the KC stadium, says that the club should consider signing the midfielder on a permanent basis.

Livermore is on loan from Tottenham till the end of the season, but the recent managerial changes at the club may result in the youngster being recalled to White Hart Lane much earlier than expected. New manager Tim Sherwood has hinted that he sees Livermore as a young and rising star with a future in the team.

This is also the opinion of Huddlestone, who left Tottenham in order to play regular football. He has been an influential figure in the Hull season so far, while he is also accompanied by former Tottenham players like Jamie O’Hara. Livermore has missed just two matches in the league campaign since the start. He is unlikely to get a similar run at Tottenham, and Huddlestone has recommended that they sign Livermore on a permanent basis to make the most out of the youngster’s talent.
Hull have been able to maintain a good run of form going in the campaign despite this being their first in the Premier league for the last few years.

“Jake’s a very important player for us. He’s come in and he’s easy to get along with for all the new lads. Everyone has gelled perfectly on and off the pitch. He’s probably been one of our best players this season. He’s showing the things he can do with a bit of confidence and a bit of an extended run in the team. He’s adding goals to his game as well which makes him the complete midfielder really. From his performances he is just thriving on that,” said Huddlestone about the Tottenham midfielder.


Tom Huddlestone has said that he was not treated fairly by the Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas in the last season.

Huddlestone left Tottenham this summer and joined Hull City. The English midfielder is having a good time at his new club.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Huddlestone said, “When you perform well, you know you have a good chance of retaining your place in the XI. But, that wasn’t the case at Tottenham. I got dropped after good performances there and that was really demoralizing.”

When asked about Tottenham parting ways with quite a few English players this summer, Huddlestone said, “Yeah, I am a bit surprised by this. However, it’s up to them to decide which players they want. I hope the guys whom they have invested their money in deliver the goods for them.”
“Their main target is to qualify for the Champions League and they are ready to do anything for that.”

When asked about life at Hull City, Huddlestone said, “It’s been quite good so far. The manager has shown confidence in me and I think I haven’t let him down.”
“We are going pretty well as a team as well. In the games that we have played so far, we have shown that we are determined to make a mark.”

Hull City’s next match is against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. That’s a Capital One Cup (third round) match.
When Hull had faced Leyton Orient in the second round of Capital One Cup, their manager Steve Bruce had made more than 10 changes.

When asked if he thinks the manager will make a lot of changes against Huddersfield as well, Huddlestone said, “There is a lot of depth in our squad. The last time, Steve had made 11 changes and the outcome had gone in our favour. So, he has every right to go for it again.”


Hull City have managed to bring in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone on a permanent move in a deal that could be make or break for the club in their fight for survival in the Premier league.

The club was relegated from the top division of English football a few seasons ago, but they have managed to come back under the management of Steve Bruce. They have come through the play-offs, which puts them at a disadvantageous position compared with the other two promoted clubs. As a result, they could be missing out on several signings.

The presence of Steve Bruce, though, has worked in favour of the club because they have been able to sign Huddlestone, who is a former England international. The 26-year-old also has many years of football left in him. He comes to the club at the peak of his powers. The midfielder is thought to have come to the club for a fee of around £ 5 million, while he will also be joined by Jake Livermore as well. Huddlestone said after completing the deal that he is excited to be at the club. He hopes to be on the first team on a regular basis.

“These are obviously very exciting times for the club and for me. Hopefully, I can come here, cement my place in the starting eleven and do well for the club. Hopefully, I can bring a bit of experience to the side. I’m fairly comfortable on the ball and have a good passing range which is probably the strongest part of my game,” said the midfielder to the official website of Hull City. The club recently changed their name from Hull City AFC to Hull City Tigers in a move that would be important for their promotional work in the Asian region.


The former Tottenham Hotspur player, Ledley King, has said that he doesn’t think Gareth Bale would take a transfer this summer.

So many clubs around the world including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Bale after his brilliant outing in the Premier League last season.

According to some reports, Real Madrid is ready to spend a huge amount of 85 million Pounds to bring Bale at Santiago Bernabeu.

When King was asked about the speculations of Bale leaving Tottenham this summer, King said, “I don’t think he is going to do that. He had a fantastic last season. He was at the peak of his game. He would like to do the same next season.”

“Gareth is a very simple guy. Family matters the most for him. He had a baby last year and I don’t think he would like to take his young family anywhere outside England.”

King himself also had a very successful Tottenham career. He played for Tottenham for 13 years between 1999 and 2012. He was originally a defender, but, he used to play as a midfielder as well in the earlier parts of his career.

In 2006, King suffered a nasty knee injury and his career slowed down after that. He had various fitness problems in the following years and he missed a lot of matches for the Spurs.

Finally, before the start of the last season, King decided that it was the right time for him to announce his retirement.

In total, King featured for Tottenham in 268 games and found the net 10 times.

When asked if he misses playing football, King said, “Yes, I do. It’s not easy to play a game for more than 20 years and then, leave it all of a sudden.”


Tottenham will be taking on Lyon in the Europa league looking to seal progression to the last 16 stage. They come into the match on the back of the impressive 2-1 win in the first leg.

However, the manager Andre Villas-Boas has a multitude of problems ahead of this match due to the fact that several key players like Jermain Defoe and Tom Huddlestone will be on the sidelines. The manager confirmed that the midfielder Huddlestone will be missing due to a minor problem with his knee. This comes as a major blow especially due to the absence of the Brazilian midfielder Sandro.

Sandro has been ruled out for the rest of the season following an injury suffered few weeks back. The defender Younes Kaboul is also unavailable for the match, as he is still recovering from the knee injury suffered a few weeks ago. The summer signing Hugo Lloris has been able to establish himself in the first team recently, but the manager has said that he will be giving the opportunity for the former first-team regular Brad Friedel. Tottenham have been on an impressive run of form lately and it has been largely due to the form of Gareth Bale. They will be hoping to continue that in the second leg as well.

“Defoe is going to be out, further to our long-term injuries with Younes and Sandro. Tom Huddlestone is going to be out of the game due to some minor pain in the knee. We hope to have most of the players available and free for selection. You’ve seen us do exactly the opposite in the Europa League in the past – particularly with Hugo when Brad was playing – and most likely Brad is going to be in goal,” said Villas-Boas ahead of the match.


The Reading manager Brian McDermott has said that he is keen to bring in a few players in the January transfer window who will be capable of adding experience to the squad. Reading are struggling in the Premier league both at home and away matches.

McDermott has said that this has been partly because of the lack of experience with the team. Hence, he will be looking to bring in a few players who were well versed with playing in the top flight of English football. He also confirmed that any signings that the club makes in January will be made with a long-term option in mind rather than just surviving in the Premier league this season.

It is expected that McDermott will be making moves for three players once the transfer window opens on January 1. The Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone is at the top of the list, while the other players are Liverpool’s Joe Cole and the Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson. The England international Tom Huddlestone has fallen behind Mousa Dembele and Sandro in the pecking order. In order to force his way into the England fold, he needs to play on a regular basis. Hence, Tottenham are thought to be willing to consider a loan move till the end of the season for the midfielder.

“I feel strongly we need to sign two or three players with Premier League experience, who know what it is like to play in this league. January is a hard window but we have been planning for some time and will make some signings,” said the Reading manager. Huddlestone has played in almost 150 Premier league matches for Tottenham. He was one of the first-team regulars under Harry Redknapp, but has found first-team opportunities limited under the current manager Andre Villas-Boas.


The Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has said that the fans should be a little more patience before they get to see the team play at the best. The club recently appointed the former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas as a replacement for Harry Redknapp, who left his position at the end of last season. The former Portsmouth manager helped the team finished in the fourth position twice in the last three seasons.

However, they have made a poor start to the season this time around under the new management. Even though they currently lie in the sixth position, the fans are extremely disappointed at the lack of the fast flowing football.

It was a trademark of the Harry Redknapp era due to the presence of excellent wingers in the form of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. However, they have been slightly restricted under the new management, which has been the cause of concern amongst Spurs fans. Tom Huddlestone, who has been one of the impressive players for the club in recent weeks, has said that the fans need to show more patience because the players are still getting accustomed to the new style of management. Tottenham lost in the most surprising fashion to Wigan Athletic at home during the weekend.

“It is hard for the fans. They have watched some good football over the last four years in the gung-ho style. I think now they have got to be patient. The manager is still trying to get his ideas across and the lads are still getting fully used to what he wants us to do. A lot of it is on rigid team shape, whereas under previous regimes the initiative has been given to the players to express themselves,” said the defensive midfielder ahead of the match with NK Maribor in the Europa league.