It was not supposed to be like this for Lewis Holtby. When Tottenham Hotspur signed him from Schalke for just £1.5million, it was hailed by many as a fantastic piece of business. And yet just a year after arriving, he finds himself on loan at the Premier League’s bottom club – one of the many January signings tasked with keeping Fulham in the top flight.
In an interview with T-online.de, Holtby spoke about both his old club and his new one, giving some fascinating insight as a result.
“Tottenham was at the end certainly a difficult time,” Holtby is quoted as saying. “I’ve always given everything. The coach (Tim Sherwood) has even confirmed to me that I was almost continuously the best trainer. But anyway, I rarely played.”
Holtby made seven starts and seven appearances from the bench in the Premier League this season. He also featured twice in the League Cup and seven times in the Europa League.
The 23-year-old was also asked if the departure of Andre Villas-Boas played its part in his failure to feature regularly for Spurs.
“He wanted me. He gave me confidence,” Holtby said.
“With the coaching change there then came a change to the system, which was definitely not an advantage for me.”
However, Holtby wanted to make one thing clear.
“To me it is important to note that I did not fail at Tottenham,” he said. “Every time when I was not in the squad, I was either injured or ineligible. It looked outwardly perhaps sometimes different, but just as it was. And maybe in the summer (I'll go) back.”
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