venerdì 16 agosto 2013

What Tom Huddlestone can add at Hull?

Hull City boss Steve Bruce thinks the Premier League will be forced to take a look to his side's ambitions after landing England Tom Huddlestone on the eve of the new season. Bruce is determined to keep Hull in the Premier League. Hull finished second in the league last season utilizing a 3-5-2 formation featuring three solid centre-backs and two up and downs wing-backs as Ahmed Elmohamady and Robbie Brady. Hull's transfer activity this summer has been finalized at giving the Bruce more options. He got two good goalkeepers in Allan McGregor, bought for £1.5m from Besiktas and free-agent Steve Harper, signed from Newcastle. In preseason, Bruce switched between 3-5-2 and an attacking 4-3-3 designed to exploit the speed of Aluko and the centre-forward Yannick Sagbo. But the surprising move was the signing of Huddlestone that joined the club for a record £5.25m deal. He could make a big impact with the Tigers after a two-year stint plagued by injury that forced former Forest midfielder and England international to start just 11 Premier League games, and that made him expendable for Andre Villas-Boas this season. Huddlestone isn't the most mobile midfielder and has a low tackle accuracy as his 62.5% EPLIndex stats showed, but still remains a very technically gifted midfielder with good passing abilities. According to WhoScored, the Englishman picked up six assists in his Premier League and Europa League appearances last campaign, averaging 1.1 key passes per game. Maybe he isn't the best ball playing midfielder around but he could be a decent deep-lying midfielder if paired alongside runners. Passing is something he can do very well if placed in a comfortable position. His chances at Spurs were limited behind Sandro, Moussa Dembele, Paulinho, and Etienne Capoue. His move away from Spurs would finally aid Huddlestone to gain regular first team football play action and capture Roy Hodgson's attention. Huddlestone he will definitely be a key part of the Hull squad who is playing to retain a top-flight spot.

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