Lewis Holtby’s arrival at Spurs makes him one of a small but fondly remembered band of German internationals to have worn the white of their national side and the Lilywhite of Tottenham.
Naturally, the fans’ favourite among the bunch is Jurgen Klinsmann, who arrived at the Lane after the 1994 World Cup and went on to score 39 goals in two memorable spells at the club.
Supporters may have mixed feelings about the other two men however. Christian Ziege spent three years at Spurs between 2001 and 2004 and while he was primarily a defender, the former Middlesbrough and Liverpool man had a keen eye for goal.
Some won’t recall Ziege’s injury record or his defending with too much fondness but at least his tally of ten goals for Tottenham was ten more than Steffen Freund managed during his time at the club. Our current assistant coach played at the Lane between 1998 and 2003 and while some will fondly recall his commitment and the times he was urged to ‘Shoot!’, others will choose to remember his spot of house shopping with Sol Campbell.
Holtby now makes it four and the player says he is delighted to be here.
“It is fantastic to be here. I can’t wait to settle and to play for the club and I am looking forward to the season,” Holtby said on the club’s website.
“The facilities are the best I have seen. I am proud to be here, a huge club that is only getting bigger and bigger.
“I played Champions League with Schalke, but I wanted to be here now.
“As soon as I saw the facilities, the crowd and spoke to Andre, I just knew I wanted to be here. I am over the moon.”
Lewis could make his debut in tonight’s match with Norwich but will his time at the club have as much impact as some of his German predecessors?