For those of you clicking on to discover whether Tottenham Hotspur’s most recent Anglo-German recruit prefers a cold meat breakfast or a traditional English fry-up with all the trimmings I am afraid you are going to be bitterly disappointed as unfortunately I have not acquired such sensitive information.
Indeed I am referring to the popular saying relating to the traditional first meal of the day that highlights an abundance of energy and shall we say hutzpah he has on the football pitch.
Over the years Holtby has been a player I have enjoyed watching in the Bundesliga; but alas only fleetingly. However in those brief flirtations with my curiosity it was instantly clear that he could go on to play at any level he desired. Technically he is superb. That is a turn of phrase being bandied around more than nightclub leaflets at the moment so let me divulge a little further.
His first touch seems to be on the money and his close control is evidence of his past life as a winger. As for his passing well that also seems to be well up to the necessary standards. He sees the pass after his; a skill practiced by the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Jack Wilshere. This ability to create space was evident throughout his display against West Brom at the weekend; but something else caught my eye from that game. He did not stop moving.
It is easy to say he came on after only 20 minutes so would have been expected to perhaps put in a little harder a shift then his team-mates but at the end of the game there appeared to be not even a remnant of a bead of sweat on his brow. This was something I had not before recognised during his time at Schalke. But it is not just his stamina; but his enthusiastic style that will surely win over Tottenham fans with ease.
He was constantly trotting around the pitch looking for pockets of space to pick up the ball. At one point he disappeared from view on the left hand side only to pop up as an option for Kyle Walker on the right wing just moments later.
His enthusiasm on the pitch transcends beyond the white lines. He was extremely interactive with the travelling Spurs fans; with fist-punch, hair ruffling and team-mate bum tapping all in good measure to show just exactly how much he wanted to be at the club.
Personally; looking through the January transfers I don’t think any of them will be of a bigger importance to a club than Holtby will for Spurs. Dare I say it but I personally feel he will surpass the efforts of Luka Modric at White Hart Lane.
Whether this enthusiasm is simply due to his standing as the ‘new-boy’ remains to be seen but if he continues to show off his talent at this incredible rate there is little doubt he will be one of the Premier League’s stars for years to come.
So while I don’t know what Lewis Holtby has for breakfast; I am quite sure I want some.
Can Lewis Holtby be a bigger player for Spurs than Luka Modric?
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