AVB’s Holtby dilemma

AVB’s Holtby dilemma


With Tromso set to arrive at the Lane on Thursday night, Tottenham’s head coach Andre Villas-Boas may well find a place in his starting line up for Lewis Holtby, who scored his first senior goal for the club in the Europa League qualifying round with Dinamo Tbilisi.

Lewis, along with Gylfi Sigurdsson, has been the subject of a great deal of transfer rumour since Spurs signed five midfielders in the transfer window and while the Icelander proved his worth to the club with those two goals at the Lane on Sunday, it may just be a little tougher for the German to make an impact this season.

After arriving back with a niggling injury this summer, Holtby has played much of his football for the Under 21s but like Gylfi, he has stated his intention to stay and fight for his place.

“I am very pleased to be in this squad. You need a big squad if you want to challenge for trophies and be strong in every competition,” the player is quoted as saying.

That hasn’t stopped rumours of a move away from the club with Inter Milan supposedly leading the way with a £7m bid. Alternatively a loan move is another option for now but while his route to the first team seems blocked at present, Lewis Holtby looks just too good to dispense with at this point.


  1. I think providing Lewis gets opportunities in his favoured no10 position, AND the first-11 gets picked on merit, Holtby has EVERY chance of breaking into AVB’s plans on a regular basis.

    The kid is a class act. He just needs the platform to prove it.

  2. this Kid is a true talent and should be treated as such,
    give him time and games and he will prove that, he has the one thing we have not got enough of in the EPL a football
    brain I believe he needs to stop running around like a headless chicken and realise his ability, of course work hard but he runs to much and by the time he gets good possession he looks to tired to be doing the things he is totally capable of, he could be an upgrade of VDV, he knew how to use what he was good at

  3. Think the eleven to start tomorrow will be: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Dawson, Naughton; Sandro, Dembele; Lamela, Holtby, Townsend; Defoe.

    It seems a game that Brad can handle, the chances of both centre backs picking up knocks is unlikely and therefore Jan could be rested, same with Paulinho in the centre, plus I would love to see Erik Lamela in action from the start for the first time.

  4. Give Holtby some games like Europa and some EPL games as an attacking midfielder. As he is an aggressive fella when he is playing, let him play attacking, besides assisting.
    He has a good SPURS-Attitude.

  5. I think we forget how good Holtby is…..he is the German U21 captain and hasnt really done anything wrong whenever he has played for us.

    Its madness to even consider selling him, he should be used when Erikson isnt fit and in the Europa League, I dont want to see Dembele in the no.10 role again this season he simply cant do it.

    Prem Team-
    Lloris, Walker, Daws, Verts, Rose, Paulinho, Dembele, Erikson, Lamela, Townsend, Soldado

    Euro/Cup Team-
    Fridel, Naughton, Kaboul, Chriches, Fryers, Sandro, Capoue, Holtby, Lennon, Chadli, Defoe

    Sigurddson and Adebayor I dont know what to do with as our squad is simply that good 🙂

  6. It will be Lamela or Townsend on the right wing, neither will start on the left. Lamela will take time to settle but will soon be first choice. The player I fear for is Lennon because I don’t think he fits into AVB’s preferred system of 4-2-3-1 with wingers cutting inside.

    Holtby will be back up for Eriksen in the no. 10 position but if he really improves and starts to warrant a first team place then we could push Eriksen out to the left wing. It’s not his ideal position but the guy is pure quality and could do a job there, similar to Gylfi against Norwich.

  7. jayjay: lol.

    with all due respect, holtby is a little boy in a team of men. loan or sell him. YOU take adebayor and sigurdsson out of the mix?!, both players more talented and experienced that Holtby. Although Adebayor will probably be sold because of attitude problems and a lack of respect. Sigurdsson will have a great career at Spurs. The game against Norwich is just the beginning.

  8. I was under the impression that when we brought him over from Germany it was a long term addition. Not a stop gap solution to the run in.


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