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TOM ON SONG

Posted on 23 November 2005  - 12:00

Chris Hughton has been impressed with Tom Huddlestone's form in his loan spell at Wolves.

Chris Hughton has been impressed with Tom Huddlestone's form in his loan spell at Wolves.

The midfielder, still just 18, made his fifth appearance for the Molineux outfit in last night's goalless draw against Sheffield United in the Championship.

In fine form of late, Tom followed up two impressive displays for England in the European Under-21 Championship play-off against France with the first senior goal of his career last Friday - ironically in Wolves' televised win against Derby County, the team where he made his name as a 16-year-old and from where we signed him.

Coach Chris said: "We've had someone at every game Tom's played at Wolves and as a coaching staff, we all look for opportunities to get to see him and the other lads out on loan.

I think in the Under-21 games he was England's best player

Even though he got a lot of praise in the first leg at White Hart Lane, I thought he was excellent in France.

"It's obviously nice for him to have scored his first goal against Derby and that was a decent performance.

"It's almost difficult to say that it's good experience for him because for a young man, he's already very experienced and has played two seasons at Championship level in his time at Derby.

"I've no doubt he's making progress, he's maturing in his game and he'll benefit from the opportunities he'll get at Wolves."