2013-14 started slowly for our German international Lewis Holtby and as he continued to recover from injury, the midfielder found himself building up his fitness with Spurs’ under 21 side. Strong performances in the Capital One Cup and the Europa League saw the 23 year given an irregular starting berth under AVB but with Tim Sherwood now in charge, Holtby has to impress all over again.
“At this point in time, it’s a real up and down for me in sporting affairs,” Lewis told the German press.
“There is big competition for a first-team spot and, although I have had rather rare appearances, I have gained nine assists and three goals so far this term, which is a good quota.
“I definitely want to be more involved in the starting XI.”
Holtby wasn’t involved in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Stoke and it’s maybe surprising that rumours of a January sale haven’t started to seep through. It might seem unlikely that the German will be sold in the forthcoming window but at this point, he may have a fight on his hands to get under Sherwood’s radar.