23-year-old Lewis Holtby arrived at White Hart Lane in January last year from Schalke where he had burst onto the scene in the Bundesliga regarded as one of the brightest young prospects for both club and country.
He moved to Tottenham to join Andre Villas-Boas and prior to the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer but with the man who brought him to North London sacked in December, the midfielder found his place in the team less than cemented under coach Tim Sherwood.
Holtby managed just six starts this term for Spurs and played a full 90 minutes not once under either Villas-Boas or his successor Sherwood before being loaned in January to Fulham struggling for Premier League survival.
He has managed just two goals and three assists in the league this season compared to his last full season in the Bundesliga in which he scored six goals and made two assists across 27 appearances.
He had been a regular starter and key playmaker for the German side but failed to truly assert himself over the creative play on a regular enough basis to convince Spurs’ coaches last term.
With Bale’s departure in the summer, he might have hoped to take on a more important role in the team but the arrival of Christian Eriksen has seen him ousted from favour and perhaps even farther down the pecking order than he had been last year.
“There is little sense in talking about other clubs since I have a long-term contract at Tottenham,” he insisted.
“The status quo is that I will go back to Spurs after the summer holidays. I can't tell you what is going to happen until then. My agent takes care of everything and as far as I know his mobile is always turned on.”
Whilst there may seem little ‘sense’ in discussing publicly his future beyond this season, there is also even less sense in denying that he is not achieving first team football at Spurs on a frequent enough basis to secure him a place in the World Cup squad in Brazil this summer and with the German national team boasting the likes of Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, and Marco Reus to name but a few, he could well miss out on his chance to play in a World Cup for his country.
Who knows what Fulham may have in mind for his future - at present the future of their Premier League status in not yet assured but should he aid their quest to survive the relegation battle, perhaps Craven Cottage could provide a platform for his talents. He may well consider calling his agent to discuss that dilemma if, of course, his agent’s phone is on.