giovedì 26 settembre 2013

Tom Huddlestone's early impact

Since Hull City were promoted into the EPL, all the talk was about how they could compete with the best. Sure, bigger teams are far from Tigers level, but Steve Bruce’side showed they can cope with the rest of the bunch, as games against Cardiff, Norwich, and Newcastle testified. Team is never about a single player or about a lone performance. But the fact that Tom Huddlestone added top class quality in their ranks is out of question. The former Tottenham midfielder is the player charged with the duty to pick the ball up from defenders in the buildup. A commanding figure with the ball at his feet, he added power and pace to his new side. He’s confident holding on the ball and helping the team to retain possession. Against Newcastle, Huddlestone recorded 87% of passing accuracy. Manchester City game aside, his passing accuracy were ever above the 80%. The 6'2" midfielder is precise both on the short and long range, playing 5.8 accurate long balls per game. Huddlestone is an accurate passer all over the field with 3 total through balls played and a total of 8 goal scoring chances created. But Huddlestone was also particularly good defending, as he nullified Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye and Vurnon Anita in the middle of the park. He had 2.2 tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game during this first five games of the season and an average clearance of 2.8. Closed by  Sandro, Paulinho, and Moussa Dembele in the Spurs’ 4-3-3 midfield, he could flourish in a formation like Hull City, where he’s the main playmaker. If he will be able to continue with such impressive stats Roy Hodgson could take a look to Huddlestone for a come back to the international fold for next World Cup.

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