Tom Huddlestone‘s recent good form for Hull City shouldn’t be something to get carried away with, as speculation rises regarding an England squad place.
The 27-year-old midfielder has been in fine form this season, and during Hull’s 6-0 thumping at home to Fulham, Huddlestone hit a peak of that good form. He’s controlling that side, and he is expressing his talents with a strong influence.
But it isn’t something to get carried away with just yet. The phrase ‘big fish in a small pond’ is perhaps relevant for Huddlestone. He struggled to get anywhere near this form at his former club Tottenham, but with game time now at Hull, he is impressing. You have to take this with a grain of salt though. It is easier to stand out within a team of players who can’t influence a game so much as Hull does, with all due respect. Hull boss Steve Bruces‘ comments about England not possessing a midfielder in that role as good as Huddlestone are an example of getting carried away, as we all know Michael Carrick has proven himself at the highest level of club football for several seasons now.
That is another factor in my view of Huddlestone right now. He is doing well, but I’m not sure you can warrant a possible World Cup squad place on the basis of good performances against depleted sides such as Fulham. He’s been consistent this season, but the previous week against Manchester United, he was irrelevant. If he continues this week in and week out until the end of the season, then we have a case, but I can’t see how Huddlestone can get in a fully fit England squad.
I cannot say he is a better option than those current England first team midfielders, such as Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick. You could argue a backup role, but that is where young players must be given experience, and for that reason, I can’t jump off the Huddlestone for England bandwagon. He’s a decent player and is performing well, but he’s nothing to get excited about.