Capoue or Holtby: Who would be the bigger loss for Tottenham?

Both midfielders have been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this month, but would they be missed at the north London club?

A number of fringes figures at Tottenham have been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this month, with Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue believed to be in the crosshairs of clubs from the continent.

The German has been rumoured to be a target for former employers Schalke, while Napoli are thought to be weighing up a move for the French defensive midfielder.

But, should they both leave over the course of the next month, which one would be more of a loss?

If everyone is fit and firing, neither Holtby or Capoue seem likely to get a start for Tim Sherwood’s side, despite both being international players that have the potential to be Premier League stars.

Holtby is in direct competition with Christian Eriksen for a place in the side as the main playmaker, and the pair have swapped the responsibilities this term. However, with the Dane improving significantly of late, it appears that the former Ajax attacking midfielder is first choice for Sherwood.

Although Mousa Dembele has the ability to play in a number ten role and has a fair amount of creativity, Holtby is certainly next in line to provide the craft and guile to break down opposition defences if Eriksen is unavailable.

Capoue has the versatility to play in central midfield or defence, but seems most useful in the centre of the park. However, with Sherwood reverting to a 4-4-2 system, when everyone is fit and available there will be five players at least competing for two spots.

Sandro has shown himself to be the first-choice defensive midfielder when available, and it will be interesting to see whether the Brazilian slots straight back into the side after his return from injury.

The former Internacional star seems like he will be in direct competition with Capoue, with Dembele and Paulinho the options as the box-to-box team-mate.

However, the emergence of Nabil Bentaleb, Sherwood’s faith in the youngster and the fact that the teenager is playing ahead of Capoue is not a good sign for the ex-Toulouse man.

Both Holtby and Capoue have outside chances of being included in their national sides’ World Cup squad and need regular first-team football. Whether they will get this at Tottenham remains to be seen, but with both signing for the club recently it feels slightly hasty for one or both to be sold.

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