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Harry's pass master

Posted on 11 October 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp sees Tom Huddlestone as a player with everything - including improving the defensive side to his all-round game.

Harry's pass master

Harry Redknapp sees Tom Huddlestone as a player with everything - including improving the defensive side to his all-round game.

The midfielder has been tipped to play a part in England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Tuesday night.

That would mean a competitive debut on the international stage for a player who has been a mainstay in Harry's team for the last 18 months.

Capped three times, Tom made more league starts than anyone else for us last term (33/38), is ever-present in the league this time around and has started 10 of our 11 matches in Premier/Champions League.

"Tom's done great for us," said Harry. "He's a great passer of the ball, he can pick players out, he keeps possession for you. He's got everything, really.

"He made some great blocks for us in the game against FC Twente.

"Just as players were about to unload from the edge of the penalty box, Tom came in and made some fantastic stops for us. He's added that to his game as well, the defensive side is better.

"I have said to him that he has to hold and give us stability as everyone else is looking to bomb forward. He's a clever player and understands the game well."

Tom

Of course, Tom is best known for his passing game and, as Harry describes, has the ability to ‘clip a ball anywhere he wants to on a football pitch'.

"He's a fantastic passer of the ball with both feet," said Harry.

"He doesn't know if he's left-footed or right-footed, they feel exactly the same, which is amazing and a great advantage when players try to close you down.

"They think ‘we'll close him, keep him on his right' or on his left, whatever, but they can't with him. It gives him so many more options."