Lewis Holtby joins Tottenham Hotspur now instead of this summer, what are the advantages of pushing the deal through?
Well it’s done and dusted, spurs have their new German sensation earlier than many fans would have expected.
It seems the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas to increase his attacking options over the second half of the season is the main reason Spurs have pushed this deal through now.
The importance of securing Champions League football for next season effectively meant AVB had little choice because the club is desperately short of attacking options at the moment.
This is the biggest positive Holtby will provide Spurs with over the next few months. He is a versatile player who can play in an attacking midfield role or as a striker.
“Tottenham are a top club and I'm fulfilling my dream. I have spoken to [Spurs manager] Andre Villas-Boas and I am confident in his plans,” Holtby told BBC Sport ahead of the move.
He was used predominantly as a midfield man by Schalke which is the reason for his one in five goals to games ratio. However, he can play in the pocket behind another main striker almost as a very advanced attacking midfielder.
He also seems to be extremely gifted and astute in terms of his technique. This allows him to control the ball and retain possession well which will give Spurs a better chance of maintaining pressure in the bigger games.
His positioning is also very good and something he works on off the ball which will go unappreciated for the majority of the time.
He drifts into the little bits of space left by the opposition which means he’s always available to receive the ball and is always able to turn and switch a defensive pass into an attacking move in no time.
He should also view this as a great chance to improve on the few international caps he already has for Germany.
If he can start playing well immediately in the Tottenham side, it means he could be the next in the generation of small midfield man who dominate the passing side of the game.
This will allow him to improve his consistency, which has been up and down at Schalke, and means he has a better chance of getting into and staying in the German national team.
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