Huddlestone: Size not important
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone believes he is attracting attention for his ability on the ball.
Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone believes he is attracting attention for his ability on the ball rather than his size.
The burly 6ft 3in midfielder has established himself in the Spurs side this season with a string of assured performances, and has been likened to both Michael Carrick and Franz Beckenbauer by manager Martin Jol.
And Huddlestone is pleased to see people look past his appearance and notice his qualities on the ball.
"People do look at my size first but, when you are a tall player at maybe 10 or 11, your touch and technique is the first thing you work on because physically you can cope," he told The Independent.
"I wouldn't say size is the main part of my game, the main part is technique and passing.
"Now I am playing more games people are getting used to that."
Huddlestone, who hit 6ft at age 11, also insisted he was working on other parts of his game, such as tackling and shooting.
"The criticism in the past that I was not aggressive enough was fair but this season I have been more aggressive," he explained.
"That was the main thing the manager said to me about getting in the team and I feel I have done that.
"It's not really natural for me but I have definitely been involving it in my game more.
"Before I would say I was a holding midfielder but over the last five or six games I've got forward more.
"I have been working on my shooting in training so I feel more comfortable."