Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone has revealed he is considering leaving White Hart Lane in the summer if he is not guaranteed more first-team football. The 22-year-old has impressed England manager Fabio Capello, who has identified him as one of the Three Lions’ stars of the future.
However, he has rarely featured in the Premier League this season under Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, with his appearance against West Ham on Saturday his first league start in nearly four months. “I am not young anymore, I need to be playing week in and week out,” he said. “I just want to be playing, hopefully at Tottenham but if not, then I will have to have a think.” With Jermaine Jenas sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury, Huddlestone - once compared by Martin Jol to the legendary Franz Beckenbauer - is set for an opportunity to prove his worth to Redknapp.
“I am not the sort of person to moan to the manager every week,” he said. “I just have to show him that I should be playing. “It has been very frustrating as every player wants to play in every game. I am not different.” And Capello naming Huddlestone as one of the three most promising youngsters in the country (along with Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart) has not helped the player’s impatience.
“Hearing the England manager likes me just adds to the frustration,” he said. “Everyone’s aim is to play for their country, but if I’m sat on the bench every week then I am not going to be able to do that.” Huddlestone signed a new contract with Spurs at the end of last season, which expires in 2013. However, he could consider a move if first-team football is promised.
Fulham are rumoured to be interested, having enquired about him during the January transfer window.
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