Holtby led the German Under-21 side last night, impressing in the role despite the narrow 3-2 defeat his team suffered at the hands of the Netherlands.
For someone who is just 22-years-old and who moved to England with no experience of football in the country, he’s already had a big impact at White Hart Lane.
Holtby’s energy and enthusiasm as a midfielder has made him an instant hit with Tottenham fans and leads to the possibility that he could lead the Premier League club as he progresses towards his mid-20s.
William Gallas will more than likely step out of the club this summer which opens up a vice captaincy position to Michael Dawson at Tottenham, which could be filled by Scott Parker, the player Holtby has seemingly been bought to replace.
The fact he’s now tasted captaincy at a very important standard of football with his country is something which will stand him in good stead for the immediate future of his Tottenham career.
“It’s a tough group but this is what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid, captaining my country to a tournament - I love playing for Germany, I was brought up there. It would be fantastic to play England in the latter stages,” he said before the match last night.
There are of course other candidates for the Tottenham captaincy before Holtby can get his foot through the door with the imposing style and impressive presence of Jan Vertonghen making him a candidate.
Spurs are not a naïve club and Andre Villas-Boas seems to be a manager who thinks about the role his players can play immediately when he signs them but also the long term benefits they can provide the football club.
When Holtby starts hitting his peak around the age of 25 or 26 –years-old, Tottenham won’t have that key figure of Scott Parker in the middle of the pitch any more and Michael Dawson will be well into his 30s and not playing regularly.
The dynamic way that Holtby plays means that one way or another, he’s going to be playing some sort of role in the Tottenham team whether he’s at the top of the midfield supporting the attack or dropping deep to make up the numbers.
His style suggests he’s got what it takes to take pressure away from players who may be struggling through a match and the fact he’s now already been a captain will only encourage him to develop his leadership skills.
His versatility as a midfielder was a main reason Spurs bought him but his ability to lead the club over coming seasons may have been the main reason they pushed so hard to make sure they signed him from Schalke.
Does Holtby have what it takes to lead Tottenham?
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