Tottenham Hotspur’s Lewis Holtby needs to step up and prove he’s more than just a player with a big engine.
Lewis Holtby has become an instant hit with the Tottenham Hotspur fans because of his energy and work rate, which sees him running around the field like a headless chicken.
That is all well and good, a feature of his game which proves he’s one of the fittest players in a Spurs shirt but the injury to Gareth Bale means he has to start playing with more focus and a clear direction.
Spurs are short in an attacking sense. However you look at it, they miss Bale for that attacking threat he provides and the goals he generates, so the entire team has to compensate and change.
Holtby is a good enough ball player and good enough in terms of his basic creativity, that he can play in an advanced attacking position for the club and stick to that role throughout a game.
He does not need to race back and continuously trek from one side of the pitch to the other because Spurs have Scott Parker who they can rely on to do that job over the course of a 90 minute spell.
Andre Villas-Boas is also lucky in the respect that he has other midfield players who can play central roles, which will allow Holtby to go and play in a more advanced and attacking position.
It’s difficult because his basic instincts are to follow the ball, get involved and always provide an outlet to the player in possession, which are things he does very well.
However, he has to prove that he has more to his game, that he can dedicate himself and play a specific role to help out the side at a time when a key player is injured and for the future, when other instances like this come up.
A specific attacking role over the next couple of games should be something he is seriously considering because his fitness is good enough, to enable him to maintain that pressure over the opposition.
The result against Everton over the weekend, proved that Spurs may need to think outside the box in terms of how the cope without having Bale available for selection.
It also proved that certain players, like Holtby, need to start thinking outside the box when they come up against teams, like Everton, who find effective ways to mute their effectiveness.
It’s almost like he needs a plan b when there is no need for him to run all over the pitch or when he sees an attacking job he can do, which will exploit the opposition in a productive way.
How can Holtby become a more attacking player?
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