Is Lewis Holtby what Tottenham have been missing?

Louis East asks if Lewis Holtby is finally providing an answer for Tottenham Hotspur for their attacking woes.

It is no secret that Tottenham have struggled to find form this season. The side have struggled to score goals and haven't showcased the type of football many expected after spending so big in the summer.

The loss of Gareth Bale was always going to hurt Spurs, but many felt as though his creativity had been replaced by the additions of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen.

Both have failed to hit the ground running at White Hart Lane, but Tottenham appear to have found the man to help take them forward. That man is Lewis Holtby.

The young German was signed from Schalke for around £1.5m back in January, and he was expected to come in and fill the void left by the exit of Rafael Van der Vaart and Luka Modric. Despite impressing early on, Holtby struggled to nail down a regular place in the starting eleven.

This season, Holtby has been limited to Europa League starts, with just one start in the Premier League this season, and he was pulled off at half time in that 6-0 drubbing at the Etihad. But since then, he seems to have found a spark to drive himself, and Spurs forward.

The German under-21 captain came off the bench to score a spectacular winner for Spurs last week in the 2-1 win against Fulham, with what was his first goal for the club.

Then last night in the 4-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala, Holtby was the driving force behind Spurs' fearful attacking play.

Andre Villas-Boas fielded Holtby in a deeper role than usual, and the German flourished. He offered so much energy in every aspect of play and was rewarded for his tremendous work-rate with a lovely goal in the second-half.

It appears as though Lewis Holtby may have finally found the confidence needed to force himself into regular first team spot. Spurs have lacked that drive and intensity this season, but with Lewis Holtby, they have quality both on and off the ball coupled with a tremendous desire to work hard for his team.

Tottenham have a huge game against Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and it will interesting to see if AVB gives Holtby just his second league start of the season in what is a must-win game for Spurs.

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