Huddlestone: Summer stability has given Spurs the best team spirit
Tom Huddlestone explains why Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity in the summer has played a part in the recent comeback wins against Wolves and Aston Villa.
TOM Huddlestone believes that an unusally quiet transfer window at Tottenham has been the main factor in creating the best team spirit that he has ever experienced.
Wholesale changes were expected at Spurs during the summer, but there were just four changes to the squad as Sandro, William Gallas, Stipe Pletikosa and Rafael van der Vaart arrived.
Lilywhites fans were largely underwhelmed – at least until Van der Vaart arrived – but Huddlestone feels that the lack of business done in the close season has maintained the stability of a close-knit squad, a factor which is directly contributing to results on the field.
“We’ve got a great team spirit, and I think a lot of that is to do with not having too many ins and outs over the summer,” said the midfielder.
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“Most of the lads had a full six weeks of pre-season together, on tour and in England. Obviously you get to know and get to like the lads and I think we’ve got the best set of lads that I’ve ever worked with, on and off the pitch.
“Everybody’s working for each other, which we’ve shown in the last two home games, coming from behind to win [against Wolves and Aston Villa]. If everyone isn’t pulling in the same direction then you probably don’t win those games.
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“It was a massive win against Villa. Along with ourselves and Man City, they’re going to fighting for the fourth place. You’ve got to beat the so-called lower teams but equally when you’re playing the teams in and around you you’ve got to pick up maximum points, especially at home.
“While we’ve had an indifferent start [in the league], we’re level on points with Arsenal at the moment. To be fifth, even though we haven’t played as well as well as we’d have liked to have done, just shows how far we’ve come.”
Huddlestone was selected for the England squad that drew with Montenegro in Tuesday night’s Euro qualifier at Wembley and, although he did not feature in the match, the 23-year-old was delighted to get the call-up.
“The only squads I’ve been in before have been for friendlies, so to be picked for a qualifier – which obviously means a lot with the three points on offer – it’s special,” he said.
“It’s nice to be a part of it, it seems like a long time since I was at the training camp before the World Cup and it’s just nice to be back in the squad really.”
You can see the full interviews with Tom Huddlestone on Spurs TV Online.