It had always seemed likely that Tottenham’s pursuit of Lewis Holtby would see AVB get his man and the news was finally confirmed on the club website yesterday afternoon.
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Schalke for the immediate transfer of Lewis Holtby,” the statement reads.
“The Germany Under-21 captain, who had already agreed terms to join the Club this coming summer, has made 27 appearances for the Bundesliga side this season scoring four times.
“Lewis has made 160 appearances in his career to date, scoring 29 times.”
The last statement may just give a clue as to what may happen when Lewis links up with the squad. Many had assumed that the rush to sign the player was precipitated by Sandro’s long term injury but others are now predicting that Holtby will take the Van der Vaart role behind the main striker.
His record equates to a goal in around one in five games – some way short of VDV’s one in three but the striker crisis at Spurs may just be assisted by a new face in the coming weeks.