The deal which brought Lewis Holtby to Tottenham Hotspur was a reported €1.75m fee from German club Schalke 04 as Spurs took advantage of a messy contract situation. The deal was looked upon as an absolute steal as the midfielder had previously shined for both Schalke and Mainz, where he had enjoyed a successful loan spell.
However, Holtby has repeatedly featured in the papers over the past week regarding a move back to Germany following a rather tepid year in North London with the Premier League side.
So far this campaign, the 23-year-old midfielder has made just six Premier League starts – finding himself more commonly placed among the Tottenham substitutes.
Perhaps becoming a victim of lacking a proper position, Lewis Holtby has yet to show any real promise both in an attacking sense and as a midfield controller. In his six starts and six substitute appearances, the former Schalke midfielder has found the net just once – despite having 20 shots in total.
The midfielder has been linked with a move back to previous club Schalke 04.
After Schalke’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Cologne, Blues general manager Horst Heldt happily answered the press’ questions regarding potential target Lewis Holtby, declaring the midfielder to be unhappy with life in North London, Derwesten.de reporting:
‘It’s clear that a coach will always want as many tactical variations as possible. It is of course annoying that Jan Kirchhoff [is now missing through injury].
On the subject of Lewis: I’ve always said that we keep our eyes open. We have been in contact with Lewis, who is never torn down. He feels currently not quite as well in London. There is nothing more to say.
We are definitely not in a situation where you can say [Holtby is coming], we would be in negotiations with Tottenham’
Despite no official bid from Schalke 04, with the knowledge that Lewis Holtby is currently not enjoying his time at Spurs, perhaps the immediate future of the midfielder depends entirely on whether Julian Draxler makes the move to rivals Arsenal, as the club's head coach Jens Keller recently admitted they could not afford him.
Either way, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Holtby plying his trade in the Bundesliga once more next season.
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