Lewis Holtby, where does he fit in?

In the January window of last season, we bought Lewis Holtby for £1.5 million from Schalke in Germany. Bargain. The German U21 captain came with high expectation as a creative midfielder with bags of potential. He came in at a time in which Gareth Bale was making all the headlines in the number 10 role, so Lewis was forced to the wings, or more often the bench. Not a great start.

This summer, we brought in a lot of great talent, players who could make a big difference and we brought them in for big money. Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho (to an extent), Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen are all players who will bring creativity and goals to the team. This makes it difficult for players like Holtby, who were already here to get an opportunity. Especially, when a player like Eriksen comes in as a proven, but still young, quality number 10. He’s been phenomenal since he came in for a cheap fee of £11.5 million.

The squad we have is brilliant, two players at least in every position that can fill each other’s boots very well. Players will get frustrated sitting on the bench, not playing week-in-week-out, but that’s football, you have to earn your spot in training and when you get a sniff of a chance, you have to prove that you are as good, if not better than the person ahead of you in the rankings.

What does this mean for Lewis Holtby though? Lewis has been getting his chances in the Europa League and other cup competitions, against opposition who are inferior to that of the Premier League, but in those games he’s been doing extremely well. He has 1 goal and 6 assists, which are the same as goals for a creative player like Holtby, with a hat-trick of assists against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup. His playmaking abilities have been noticed, finally, by Spurs fans and he is loved by all, not just for his ability, but because of his passion for football, and more importantly, Spurs. Lewis Holtby gets what football is about, he says the right things, he does the right things and he does them for us. The fans. He’s on his way to becoming a legend, I truly believe that. All he needs now, is a chance to start in the Premier League.

Where he plays is something that Spurs fans have been debating about for a while now, how do you fit him in? He hasn’t got the pace for the wings, and our deeper midfield is packed with the talent of Dembele, Paulinho, Sandro and Capoue who are much more capable defensively than Lewis, the only place left is the number 10 role. This has been operated by Christian Eriksen so far this season, who as I said has been a revelation since coming in, quick thinking, perfect passing and hailed as the next Michael Laudrup, taking him out of the team would be wrong, he offers too much in my opinion. But could you fit Lewis Holtby and Christian Eriksen into the same team? Possibly. It would give you a lot of creativity and options going forward, and would help out Roberto Soldado a lot, the service he could get would be top notch and would guarantee goals.

This is my thought:
Walker – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Paulinho – Dembele
Lamela – Holtby – Eriksen

This line up may look like it lacks width, which it possibly does. But this is where the full-backs can come into play, we have two full-backs who love to get forward if given the opportunity, they are very pacey and Danny Rose can produce a great delivery, as can Kyle Walker on his day, this formation could be one that we use at home in a game where we won’t be getting too much attacking pressure from the opposition, but I think this is a team that if they were to work together they could create something great. Kaboul has the ability to cover the right back slot as Walker gets forward, as does Vertonghen on the left side as Rose goes forward. The balance in this team seems right to me. Eriksen has the ability to work in from the left side, and create opportunities, as does Erik Lamela on the right, who also can go to the byline if needed. Holtby being the figure head in midfield is something I’d really love to see, I believe he could shine in this position, and create a great partnership within the front four. Interchanging positions and roaming at the right time could be great as well. Soldado needs service, and I think this could be a brilliant way to get him that. Give it a go, Andre.

That’s the only way I can think to include Holtby, who I believe will be pushing the current first-team players very hard for a start in the cup competitions. Players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli are all missing from that line up, who have been good, especially Townsend and Siggy, but I believe Holtby could make a big impact in this Spurs side. I just can’t get enough of Lewis Holtby!

What are your thoughts on Lewis Holtby, should he start? Instead of who? Do you agree with my team, if not, what would your starting 11 be? Leave a comment! COYS!


Lewis Holtby, Our New Signing

What a signing. People go on about Michu being the signing of the season, and rightly so as he has been fantastic, but I think that the Lewis Holtby deal could be one that really stands out from the crowd. It’s a piece of shrewd business from Daniel Levy, although we had him tied up on a free at the end of the season the opportunity to sign him this month was there, and we took it accordingly. The fee is something of a dream to Levy, £1.5 million for Germany’s under 21 captain is something that you don’t see very often, and so credit goes to Levy for getting it done.

Holtby is a very versatile player in midfield, he can play just behind the striker, this is where we should expect to see most of him, he can play deeper as a box to box midfielder, or he can play on the wings. This is very unusual for modern players, most stick to one position and then move as they get older, for example Ryan Giggs started out as a wide left player for Manchester United, and the gradually drifted into a more central role. Holtby will drift in midfield and collect the ball to try and make something happen, this is something we have missed this season.

Mousa Dembele has been brilliant for us this season, but he is more of a defensive midfielder for us and doesn’t really cut open the defence very often, he in my opinion, wasn’t the Modric replacement, Holtby is that replacement. Holtby will try and make opportunities for the team, and chip in with one or two goals himself, just like Modric, but Holtby is at that stage where if he can improve his finishing he can become the full package. We have really pulled this signing out of the bag, it shows our ambition for top four football, as he is a Champions League quality player. We need one more signing before we can be classed as challengers for the title in my opinion, and that signing is a world class finisher.

Lewis Holtby is a Yido. COYS!!