Derby County has managed to recapture Hull City’s Tom Huddlestone. The central midfielder has been around for a number of years and will now be returning to his former club, Derby County.
Known as a physical, bullying aggressor in the game, Huddlestone has had his fair share of game time throughout his career. It all actually started in his home city, Nottingham. At a young age, the Englishman was scouted by Nottingham Forrest for their youth development. He was later released after a few years before Derby County took him in with open arms.
A 15-year-old Huddlestone appeared for Derby’s Reserve’s and just a year later made his senior professional debut at just 16 years. He would go on to make 95 appearances for The Rams. Although there was proof of no finishing traits, Huddlestone was more known for his build up play and to control a game’s tempo.
In 2005 it was time to move on. Tottenham Hotspur had bid £2.5m to entice the stocky midfielder in a move to White Hart Lane. Instantly, he was loaned out to Wolverhampton Wanderers and ironically scored his first league goal against Derby County.
During his time at Spurs, Huddlestone would go on to make 209 appearances for the London side, scoring on 15 occasions. There were also England call-ups awaiting him. Four of them between 2009 and 2012. As well as earning England caps the 6 ft 3″ midfielder contributed by playing in the Champions League and Europa League with Spurs. They went on to win the League Cup during the 2007/08 season. Huddlestone played a key part towards their campaign that year.
After his 8 years at Tottenham, Hull approached him. A fee of around £5.25m was agreed and he would become a new addition to their set up. Huddlestone would go on to appear 135 times for The Tigers. He would also score 8 goals totalling his official goal tally to 24 in 478 career appearances.
The thing about Tom Huddlestone is that it feels like he has been around forever. You would have thought he might be older than 30 due to a consistent career. Eight years spent at Tottenham leads us to believe that he’s been around longer than he actually has. A sense of realisation hits you coming to terms that the ex-English international still has many years left in him.
That’s where a reminiscent Derby County come calling back. Separated for 12 years, it’s like the story of a long lost friend. The Rams finished 9th last season with Gary Rowett in charge. After an average season, there will be targets to push for playoffs or even a promotion clinching position. This is where Gary Rowett will try to tend his business.
There were transfers coming in and going out just as the summer transfer window opened. Abdoul Camara and Alefe Santos were let go while Tom Mellors retired. The 19-year-old decided to end his career due to injury complications.
Would like to thank Derby for an amazing 5 years, gutted to have to stop playing through injury, onto a new chapter of my life now⚽️🐑❤ #dcfc
— tom mellors (@Itsmellors) May 15, 2017
Star man, Will Hughes was sold to Premier League side, Watford. A record £8m fee was received. This would help fund Derby in any possible way they can utilise. Undisclosed fees were agreed as they sold Tom Ince and Cyrus Christie.
As well as bringing in Huddlestone, Derby also brought in his old Hull teammate, Curtis Davies. The only other player that has joined them since is Andre Wisdom from Liverpool. The full-back arrived after an initial £2m fee was agreed.
With Huddlestone back at his former club can he help Derby push towards a playoff finish or even a promotion place? Playing under a manager like Gary Rowett could prove to be the right step in his next adventure.