Apologies for another Lewis Holtby story but it’s worth recording Andre Villas-Boas’ comments about the German and the impression he has made at White Hart Lane this season. Holtby came to White Hart Lane in the January transfer window – originally it was intended that he would join up with the club this summer but a deal was rushed through after a number of midfield injuries.
However, Lewis didn’t really answer that injury crisis as he was kept on the bench for much of the remainder of the campaign and it was predictable, if disappointing, to see a host of rumours linking him with a move away from Spurs, permanent or otherwise.
Holtby has always said that he relishes the competition for places and AVB’s words show how valuable he will prove to be for the club.
“This season, because we are playing with three in the middle, he is showing the reasons why we bought him,” he said,
“Last season we were playing differently with two strikers, so that left him with fewer possibilities and whenever he came in he had to play off the channels.”
Andre has previously pointed to a change in formation making us hard to beat and the switch is clearly benefiting Lewis Holtby. Will it be enough to see him in the starting XI for tomorrow’s Derby?