Tom Huddlestone: 'It's frustrating at Tottenham but I must bide my time'

• Fulham were keen to sign former England midfielder in January
• His future at Spurs will be back on the agenda this summer

Tom Huddlestone has articulated his frustration at his role on the fringes at Tottenham Hotspur and admits that after considering a move last January his future at the club will be back on the agenda in the summer.

The midfielder, capped four times by England, made a dramatic impact as a second-half substitute in Spurs' comeback win over Manchester City on Sunday, which has reignited Tottenham's push for a Champions League finish. He also impressed in the Europa League quarter-final second-leg tie at Basel, despite missing a penalty in the shootout defeat, and he is pushing Scott Parker for a place in the team for Saturday's trip to Wigan.

Huddlestone is determined to seize whatever opportunities he is afforded in the club's final five matches, even if they come from the bench to "try and prove to the manager that you should be in the starting XI as well". But after beginning only six league games this season, plus six more in other competitions, he has come to wonder how highly he is rated by the manager André Villas-Boas.

"You can't really judge it [the future] over the last five games," Huddlestone said. "You've got to see the bigger picture throughout the whole season and speak to the manager to see if I am in his plans or not. You speak to the manager every day and if you are not playing for a sustained period then you do wonder what's going on. But the manager has reassured me that I am in his plans, even though time-wise on the pitch, it hasn't always been shown that way."

Fulham were keen to sign Huddlestone in January, with the club's manager, Martin Jol, aware of his qualities from his time at White Hart Lane. It was Jol who brought Huddlestone to Tottenham from Derby County in 2005. But the January deal did not happen, with the long-term injury that Sandro suffered that month hardly increasing Villas-Boas' inclination to lose another midfielder.

"At times, you think you might need to move ... if you don't play for a few months, especially," Huddlestone said. "I am 26 now. I missed a year to 18 months through injury. You just want to play every game and if that opportunity is not at Tottenham, then I will have to look elsewhere. Nothing was that close to happening [with Fulham] where I thought it would be possible. I have been fully focused on getting us into the top four and staying there."

Huddlestone has, at least, found things easier than he did last season, when he needed two ankle operations and barely kicked a ball. "It has been difficult but probably not as difficult as last year," he said. "This year, I had a run in the team and we were doing fairly well. It has been a frustrating few months. Scotty has been back and fit, he has played a few games and Mousa [Dembele] has been excellent since he has come in [last August]. It's just a case of biding your time."

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