White Hart Lane boss looks to offload duo.
Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson edge towards Tottenham exit door
Tom Huddlestone has fought back from an ankle injury that required two operations last season.
Tom Huddlestone is set to be loaned out by Tottenham, with Stoke in contention for his signature. The midfielder has found that his face does not fit under the new Spurs manager, André Villas-Boas, who has also made the central defender Michael Dawson available for transfer.
Huddlestone and Dawson were omitted by Villas-Boas from the squad that lost to Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday and both appear surplus to requirements as they lack the mobility that the Portuguese demands.
Andre Villas-Boas will be keen to put his own stamp on the expansive squad he inherited from Harry Redknapp and as such a number of the club’s squad will possibly find themselves heading for the White Hart Lane exit.
It is perhaps a surprise that Michael Dawson is one of the two names put forward by this source given that Tottenham do not have a wealth of consistent options at the back. It would appear that Villas-Boas may elect to use Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen as his main central defensive pairing but William Gallas is injury prone and in the latter stages of his career and Steven Caulker is still relatively inexperienced.
Dawson, when fit, was a regular under Redknapp but perhaps the fear is that the 28 year old’s injury problems are effectivel ruining his chances of being a player Villas-Boas can rely on.
Tom Huddlestone has also had issues with injuries and fitness and this source believes a loan move to Stoke City is on the cards for the former Derby County man. The midfielder has failed to live up to his early promise and hasn’t started a game for the North London club since May 2011.
Amazingly the big midfielder is still only 25 and therefore has the ability, and time, to turn his career around and in many ways a move away from White Hart Lane could be best for all concerned.
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