It had seemed fairly unlikely that our new midfield signing from Schalke 04 would be linking up with the squad this month but Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas has now confirmed that Lewis Holtby will be joining the club in the summer – as originally planned.
The German side had intimated that Holtby could leave now if all parties agreed but AVB has moved to clarify the situation.
“When you reach an agreement with a player that is a free transfer in the summer, there is always that possibility, but it is not something we are looking to do,” Andre said.
The move looks to make sense with a packed White Hart Lane midfield. Earlier this week, Holtby was asked if he would struggle to get into the team, to which he replied,
‘I am not Marko Marin, I am Lewis Harry Holtby. I know what I am capable of, and I am thinking very positively about what I can do for Tottenham.” – A statement which prompted the Mail to lead with ‘Don’t treat me like Lloris’.
That overreaction aside, the delay is probably a good move all round but it may well lead to some prominent departures this summer with Dempsey and Sigurdsson among the names mentioned.