Transfer news: New Hull signing Tom Huddlestone hits out at Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas
Midfielder claims his former manager didn't give him a fair chance and criticises Spurs' transfer policy for signing foreign players and selling developing English talent
Friday 16 August 2013
Hull City’s latest signing Tom Huddlestone has hit out at his former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas claiming he drove him out of White Hart Lane.
The England midfielder completed a £5.25m move to the Tigers on Thursday, and has wasted no time in hitting out at his manager at Spurs by suggesting he didn’t get a fair chance at breaking into the first-team.
“I didn’t get a fair crack of the whip,” claimed Huddlestone. “I played games where results were good and I felt my own personal performances were good, but then I would find myself out of the team for six or seven weeks without any explanation.
“That was very disappointing, but I am not the type of lad to go knocking on the manager’s doors demanding answers on a Monday morning.
“I know people go on about my injuries, but I was fit and available for most of last season. So it was frustrating not to get more game time. I knew the manager would be happy for me to go if the right bid came in.”
And Huddlestone also criticised Villas-Boas’ transfer policy, saying: “It’s a revolving door down there.
“In my first few years the policy was to buy young British players — like me, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Michael Dawson and Jermaine Jenas.
“Now most of us have left and it seems like the club is going the other way round and bringing in established continental players.”
The summer has seen non-stop speculation that Bale will complete a world-record transfer to Real Madrid, although both Lennon and Dawson look likely to remain with the club.
However, Villas-Boas has wasted no time in bringing in new faces to his squad, signing Brazilian Paulinho, Belgian Nacer Chadli, Spaniard Roberto Soldado and Frenchman Etienne Capoue, and Huddlestone’s notion is understandable given that the last time Spurs made a significant domestic signing was in 2011 when Scott Parker joined from West Ham.
Parker is another who looks set to leave, having been moving closer to a move to Queens Park Rangers after the club agreed a fee with Spurs, although interest from Fulham could lead them to try and keep Parker in the Premiership.
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