Tottenham loanee thanks fans - but what about next season?

Felix Magath - Fulham Manager

Lewis Holtby said goodbye to Fulham fans this evening after watching their final game of the season from the stands.

Tottenham Hotspur are set to go through a summer of change - with both the manager and a host of players set to leave White Hart Lane.

One player whose Spurs future looks ominous is German international Lewis Holtby. The former Schalke 04 midfielder only joined the club in January of last year bringing forward what was due to be a Bosman arrival in the summer.

But the dynamic midfielder has struggled to adapt to Premier League life and was loaned out to Fulham on Transfer Deadline day this year.

He has been a popular figure with the club's fans but Felix Magath, whom Holtby had previously enjoyed a torrid time in the Bundesliga, has not been a fan of Holtby since he arrived at the club.

This week he spoke about Holtby in negative tones:

"Lewis is a very skilful and a nice player but he is not a fighter - I think it was not the right move for him.I think he has put too much pressure on himself. Against Hull it was not him who was playing and against Stoke it was even worse.It was too early, he came here for a chance to go to the World Cup but after a few weeks it was clear it wasn't working. It was not the right decision for him."

And with that in mind Holtby was not used for Fulham today in their defeat against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage. But Holtby is fond of the Cottagers fanbase - and had a message for them as he watched on from the stands:


Next season is massive for Holtby, as it could make or break the future trajectory of his career after a 2013-14 to forget.

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