Lewis Holtby inspired Tottenham to a win over Anzhi Makhachkala.
Jermain Defoe got one step closer to elevating himself further up Tottenham's all-time top scorers list last night, thanks to Lewis Holtby who turned creator once again to lay on an ideal scoring opportunity.
Nacer Chadli added a second which proved enough for Andre Villas-Boas' men, as they ran out 2-0 winners away to Anzhi Makhachkala.
The positives were plentiful for Tottenham, who kept another clean sheet, with new signings Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen kept spare on the bench.
Lewis Holtby is a player who has had to battle for his spot this season, excelling against Aston Villa in the League Cup last week, and putting on another impressive show in Russia last night.
Holtby played 78 minutes before being brought off, making 71 passes; more than Chadli (63) did in 90 minutes.
His passing accuracy was 86 per cent, while his range of passing was also impressive, making seven long balls - six accurate, more than any other Spurs player.
Holtby only created one chance, but it was an effective one, with Jermain Defoe's accuracy ensuring it would be registered as an assist - his second in two Europa League game.
He would also have two efforts on goal as he strived to find the net himself, both on target and saved by goalkeeper Pomazan.
The German has played just 41 minutes of football across the last three Premier League games combined, and he will have hoped his display was enough to force him into the reckoning for the clash with West Ham on Sunday.
We have taken a look at how Tottenham fans reacted to his performance via Twitter and what they felt about his chances of starting this weekend:
I'm starting to regret I ever doubted Holtby. Just been excellent this season. And another clinical JD finish #THFC— Luis Cupertino (@SMRSLuis) October 3, 2013
Wonder what Defoe, Holtby and Kaboul have to do for a start on Sunday #thfc— Dan Rattigan (@djrattigan) October 3, 2013
Glad I'm not Avb. Who do you pick out of Eriksen/Holtby? A problem we haven't had for a while though. A good problem #THFC— kev fulbrook (@kevfulbrook) October 3, 2013
Holtby's vision is superb. He's got to start in the PL sooner rather than later. Sigurdsson & Eriksen aren't better than him. #thfc— Sean (@Tottingham_Sean) October 3, 2013
If Holtby was English people would rave about him like they did Wilshere before he became a sick note. Lewis is a top, top youngster #coys— Darren Davies (@Dazzla_D) October 3, 2013
Should Holtby start against the Hammers?
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