Former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone hits out at Andre Villas Boas
Tom Huddlestone has criticised Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas for not giving the club’s young English players a chance.
The England international was sold to Hull earlier this week, with fellow Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore moving to the KC Stadium on loan.
Now Huddlestone has spoken out against Villas Boas’ selection policies and particularly his refusal to show his faith in him and other English players.
The 26-year-old told the Daily Mirror: “No, I didn’t feel I got a fair crack of the whip.
“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.
“I didn’t speak to him this pre-season. I just knew the club’s feelings that they were happy for me to go if the right bid came in.”
Huddlestone reeled off a list of how he thinks the club’s policy of not giving their English players a chance will make life more difficult in the long run.
He continued: “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.
“Now Steve Caulker has gone [sold to Cardiff], they’ve let me go, Jake 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. 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 and they were ready to accept a bid [from QPR] for Michael Dawson.”
Sour grapes or has he got a point, Spurs fans?