89 touches, 72 passes: Proof Tottenham star is first-team material

Lewis Holtby

The first-ever million pound man, Trevor Francis, undervalued Lewis Holtby's performance tonight, dismissing him as a player that could play regularly for a top four side.

German international Lewis Holtby was simply sublime in Tottenham's 4-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala tonight, but despite him putting in a truly match winning performance, there was one man he didn't impress.

At half-time the pundits observing Tottenham's Europa League seemed very quick to dismiss the quality of Erik Lamela and Lewis Holtby, initially with the emphasis on the Argentinian.

Chelsea legend and former England international Tony Dorigo said outright that Erik Lamela wasn't good enough for Tottenham, and despite his assist he played poorly. The second half got underway and despite a brief second wind by the Russian club, it was the North London side playing the better stuff and Lewis Holtby for me was the the key reason behind that.

Yet, at the end of the game Trevor Francis said that although he was a German international, he isn't good enough for a first-team place in a side with top 3/4 aspirations and when quizzed further on the situation, he said that there were many players brought in that thought they would be first-team players but it's turned out they aren't.

Whilst the former Nottingham Forest man is entitled to his opinion, I couldn't gauge the senselessness of the timing of the subject.

I didn't think it would have been needed for anyone watching the game, but the proof is in the pudding and the impact the German made was outstanding.

89 touches, between him and Townsend there was not one other player on the pitch that touched the ball anywhere near as much.

72 passes, nearly twenty more than the player closest to him and obtained a 96% pass accuracy to go with it.

9 long-ball's attempted, 9 long-ball's landed. Only Mousa Dembele would outdo him in this aspect.

Defensively, he made the biggest contribution from midfield. 4 interceptions, 1 tackle and 1 effective clearance again, all points to the player having a good game.

2 chances created, 2 shots on target and of course, 1 goal and a sublime goal at that.

I guess it's up to people to make up their own minds on the player's performance, but I thought he was brilliant and the facts back-up that point.

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