FORM SLUMP IS
FEELING THE STRAIN: Huddlestone is struggling to hit the heights that led to him playing in the FA Cup final and
sparked calls for an England recall TOM HUDDLESTONE admits he can no longer walk straight into the Hull side.
The midfielder was the Tigers’ star player last season after signing from Tottenham for £5million.
The 27-year-old was tipped for an England recall after helping Hull reach their first FA Cup final as well as sealing their highest-ever league finish.
But Huddlestone has failed to hit those heights in the first half of this season.
And he started on the bench for the 1-0 defeat at West Brom last time out after serving a four-match ban.
Huddlestone accepts he is no longer the first name on boss Steve Bruce’s team sheet.
“The lads have played well in the games I was suspended for, so I’ve got no complaints,” said Huddlestone.
“It’s going to be tough to get back into the starting eleven.
“Things do change. People come in and out of form, and that works both ways.
“A few of the lads who haven’t had much of a chance have come into the team and done well. They’re fully deserving of their place in the starting eleven.”
After earning praise throughout last season, Huddlestone has had to cope with his fair share of stick during this campaign – especially on Twitter.
Some cheeky tweeters accused him of getting sent off deliberately at Chelsea in December so he could have a break over Christmas.
Huddlestone missed four festive fixtures, but insists he had no extra time off.
He said: “I just try not to take them too closely to heart or personally.
“If you’re getting