Lewis Holtby’s promising early season performances have been rewarded with an extended run in the first team despite pressure from the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Christian Eriksen. The German’s impressive displays in the Capital One Cup and Europa League had clearly caught the eye of head coach Andre Villas-Boas and the player himself says he is more settled at the Lane from when he first arrived.

“It’s always difficult to join a club in January, especially when there are not many other signings, and I needed a little bit of a break and a pre-season just to get to know everyone better,” Holtby told the Evening Standard.

“I feel very welcome now. I feel at home here in the team, so now I can show what I’m really capable of, and I think I’m progressing.”

Lewis also touched on the subject of Gareth Bale and feels that Spurs have a better balanced side following the Welshman’s departure.

“Do we have a more balanced squad now? Definitely,” Holtby added.

“Respect to Gareth who was awesome here, a fantastic guy and a fantastic player, but the new players have really adapted to our team and our style of football.”

The squad may be better balanced but the influx of new players has caused plenty of selection headaches for the manager. Right now, Lewis Holtby is in the starting XI but will it stay that way for the rest of the campaign?

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