Spurs should be patient with Holtby and wait

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Tottenham Hotspur should resist the urge to make Lewis Holtby complete his move from Schalke by the end of this month.

Spurs recently announced the signing of talented German midfielder Lewis Holtby who will join the club when his contract expires with Schalke at the end of the season.

Fresh comments from Schalke’s Managing Director this morning suggest that Spurs could push through the deal so the player moves to North London by the end of the month but this may not be the best idea for a number of reasons.

Although the MD has said Schalke would be open to allowing Spurs to do this, it would make more sense for them to bring Holtby over in the summer, allow him to settle and then prepare for the 2013/2014 Premier League season.

Tottenham are not pushed for midfield cover following the return to fitness of Scott Parker and Moussa Dembele which means there is more chance of Holtby arriving and sitting on the bench due to the tremendous competition for places.

“If Tottenham ask for Holtby in the January window, we will talk to them about it. Nothing has happened yet, but, from our point of view, we are prepared to speak to them,” Horst Heldt told the Daily Mail.

It may also be difficult for the player to adjust in the middle of the season from one form of football to another. The pace of the Premier League is much quicker than in the Bundesliga.

If Holtby is through the door at White Hart Lane before the end of January and struggles to make the adjustment on field it will frustrate not only Andre Villas-Boas but the Spurs fans who could get on his back as soon as he has joined the club.

Although Heldt has opened the door to this possible move, he may only be describing a possibility over what he expects to happen or how he expects Spurs to behave in relation to their new signing.

Don’t expect Holtby to be in the Spurs squad by the end of the month, it would be a very surprising development if it did happen considering there seems to be a clear plan to doctor his arrival at the end of the season and Holtby still has the Champions League knockout rounds to play in this season and finish what he started in Germany.

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