Yet again Spurs have done well in the transfer market. The capture of attacking midfielder Lewis Holtby from Schalke in Germany on a pre contract free transfer is a fantastic deal for the club. The player, who arrives in July at the end of his current contract with the German club, is an exciting prospect that will fit nicely into Villas Boas side next season. Chased by Arsenal for the better half of this year, he turned down a chance to sign for the Gunners, instead favouring Spurs, mostly due to his admiration for manager Andre Villas Boas. After concluding his signing, Holtby spoke of his decision to reject Arsenal and choose Spurs instead:
“Tottenham are not a small club and have an insanely good manager”
The 22-year-old has lit up the Bundesliga this season with some fine performances. It’s the first full year that Holtby has spent in the first team since his arrival at Schalke back in 2009 on a free transfer from Alemannia Aachen. After spending a couple of seasons out on loan to VfL Bochum and Mainz respectively, Lewis returned to the Gelsenkirchen club and forced his way into the first team where he has remained. The talented youngster, who can play anywhere across the midfield, or as a right attacking midfield or as a striker if needed, possess great vision and an elegant passing range that will likely leave the Tottenham fans gasping for more. More of a playmaker than a goalscorer, Holtby’s main game is to operate in the space between the opponents midfield and defense, unlocking chances for a central striker. With a sudden burst of pace and fantastic close control, he is difficult to mark and contain which the defenders in the Premiership are going to find out.
Holtby is a full international for Germany but he could have represented England at full international level due to his British father Chris Holtby, who was a solider in the army stationed in Germany. Open to an approach by England, the youngster continued his career but no approach came from his father’s homeland. Instead Holtby accepted an offer to play for the country he was born in, Germany and has since represented them at Under 19, 20 and 21 levels before gaining his first international cap against Azerbaijan.
Despite his allegiance to Germany, Holtby has a passion for British football, instilled by his father at an early age and the young midfielder has always dreamed of playing in the Premiership:
” I wouldn’t even rule out Liverpool, even if it would be tough for my dad – he’s an Everton fan. My father was born in England and has been an Everton fan since the age of five. He immediately infected me with the Everton virus! Since then I have been a Everton fan and have always followed their games.”
When Holtby starts the new chapter of his career in England this summer and begins playing for Tottenham, Everton fans will be disappointed that manager David Moyes didn’t manage to sign the young german. He is likely to need some time to settle but if his form for Schalke is any indication, Holtby will be an instant success with Spurs as they push to challenge for next years title.