While Spurs have been stuttering in their quest for Champions League football next season, many of the club’s fans have been surprised that Lewis Holtby hasn’t been given more of a chance in the side. The German has been a constant substitute who has helped to turn games in his brief time at the Lane but has yet to make any sort of claim on a starting place.
Considering the lengths that Spurs went through to bring this transfer forward from the original summer deal, it is a little surprising but Holtby spoke this week and just seems to be concentrating on his place in the side for next season.
“In the summer, with my first pre-season and hopefully the tailwind of a successful Under-21 European Championship, I want to win a place on the team,” Holtby told the German press.
“I am under contract until 2018. I have trust in myself and will establish myself there. And if I show what I am capable of in the top level, I have good chances for the Germany senior team.”
Spurs have been linked with a number of central midfielders over the last few days but Holtby went on to say that he feels this is his best position.
“I can play various positions,” he said. “I believe, the number six is the position for my future. Between six and ten, I feel best in central midfield,” he added.
Lewis Holtby may be happy to bide his time until next season but Spurs have some critical games coming up between this Saturday and the middle of May. Should our German international be taking a more active role in those matches?