Tottenham had a protracted battle to bring Lewis Holtby to White Hart Lane after the German International was originally scheduled to arrive this summer. With a sudden injury crisis sparked by the loss of Sandro, the need for back up became urgent so the 22 year old arrived several months ahead of schedule.
At the end of the campaign, Spurs fans may have wondered why their club had bothered to advance the deal. A consistent bench warmer, Holtby made just 11 appearances in the league, 17 in total, and even when he did start, his number 23 shirt seemed to be the first one signalled by the fourth official.
We certainly didn’t see the best of Lewis Holtby but the player is looking only at the summer break and hopefully, a greater impact next season.
“It’s important for me now to have a summer break as we then meet for pre-season and go to Hong Kong,” Holtby said on the club’s official website.
“That will be very important. You adapt more, get to know everyone more and more and that was the only thing I missed when I joined.”
Overall, the player was happy with his start to life at Spurs despite his relative lack of involvement.
“Everything I hoped for has come true,” he claimed.
“I had a really enjoyable second half of the season here, everything happened so quickly, on my second day at the club I made my debut at Norwich.”
Spurs have an abundance of personnel across the middle of the park but clearly Holtby is staying at the Lane having only joined up in January. The question is, how will AVB get the best out of him during the next campaign or is it simply a matter of playing more?