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TOM ON SONG

Posted on 9 February 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton has been delighted with the performances of Tom Huddlestone after the youngster's first games for us in the Premiership.

Chris Hughton has been delighted with the performances of Tom Huddlestone after the youngster's first games for us in the Premiership.

The classy midfielder, still just 19, was thrown in at the deep end for his Premiership debut against Fulham last week when he replaced injured Andy Reid after only 20 minutes at Craven Cottage.

It was a similar story on Sunday as Tom entered the fray for his home debut midway through the first half of the 3-1 win against Charlton with Teemu Tainio limping out of the action.

This time he made his mark with a fine pass to send Jermain Defoe away for his second and our third goal.

Recently back from a loan spell at Wolves, Tom has spoken about his determination to fight for a starting place.

"He’s done well in the two games, that’s for sure," said coach Chris. "If you you at our third goal against Charlton then that is what Tom is all about.

"He has that eye for a pass and we’ve all seen that ability.

"I remember his displays for England in the Under-21 play-off against France where he threaded through a number of delightful passes.

"He went away to Wolves to get valuable experience and has played a lot of games at Championship level with Derby but sometimes you can forget he’s still such a young man.

"To go into the Premiership and to play regularly at his age is a very tall order, some can do it and some need more time. As regards the progress he’s making, we’re all delighted."