Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tom Huddlestone

There is no questioning this players raw physical abilities, and he has been touted as the next big thing, especially by Spurs fans, for a while now.  He is still only 23 (24 next month), but I am beginning to wonder if it will happen for him.  I think he is as well, because more signs of frustration have been finding their way into his game.

The latest came yesterday, when he maliciously, and very late, chose to stamp on Johann Elmander's crotch as Elmander was laying prostrate and nowhere near the ball.  It was a disgraceful act (I don't see how you can even call it a challenge) and if the referee had seen it he would have been sent off.  But because the referee didn't see it, the Football Association will have jurisdiction.  I can't see anything less than a three match ban, and Huddlestone might deserve more.

This type of thing might be forgiven if he were still a fresh faced 19-year-old, but Huddlestone has been in the first team for five seasons now, and should be well past this sort of behavior.  It is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen anyone do on a football pitch.  He could practically be charged with assault.  As a professional footballer, maybe he would like some bejeweled handcuffs.  They could bring even more attention to him after such a cowardly act.

1 comment:

Dean said...

The ref did see it, not a foul, no ban