The German media are undecided, will Lewis Holtby make it in England?
Still the answer is: “Not sure.” Holtby has no guaranteed position at the starting line-up. He played just 72 minutes in Tottenham’s last three matches, and was particularly poor against Manchester City, substituted early.
But Holtby stays positive and still feels good about his decision to transfer to London. In an interview with German news site SPORT1 the 23-year-old said:
“It’s still an awesome challenge and I’m still one hundred percent behind the decision to go to London […]. Our squad at Tottenham is very balanced.” Holtby continued, that he has to prove himself every day at training.
Asked how he would evaluate Tottenham’s position compared to other Premier League top teams, the midfielder said:
“I do not think we are badly far away. We had to build a completely new team […]. I am convinced that we are a top team. Although we have blundered a few times, but the others blundered too. The season is still long and we are not cut off.”
A very optimistic prediction. But what else should he say?
After Holtby’s declining playing time and the 6-0 beat down by Manchester City last week, Spurs will be keen to come back. They should be highly motivated to show everyone that they are still in the mix at the top. Don’t be surprised if they get one over on Manchester United.
Interesting sidenote: Holtby said about his former colleague from Bundesliga’s FSV Mainz Andre Schurrle:
“We see each other quite often, go out to eat or just hang out. Andre is off to a very good start and I think he also has a good relationship with Jose Mourinho. Andre is a great guy, he feels comfortable and enjoys it like me, to fulfill his dream here.”