'Good to be back home' - Sherwood outcast pleased with return to Spurs

Lewis Holtby has had a tough time of late but he is clearly optimistic about the future under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur.


Next season will hopefully be the dawn of a new era at Tottenham Hotspur, the Mauricio Pochettino era. The club decided to relieve Tim Sherwood of his duties at the end of the season in order to bring in the Argentine gaffer from Southampton - after his exceptional performance as Saints boss last season.

And his arrival will hopefully bring new life to some of the players cast asunder by Sherwood. The likes of Sandro for instance will be hoping to repair some burnt bridges. Erik Lamela, the injury prone and lightweight record signing, has worked hard to get fit. With a fellow Argentine at the helm he will hope for a more productive sophomore year.

Then of course there is Lewis Holtby. The German has not quite lived up to his potential since arriving at White Hart Lane, and in January Sherwood loaned him to Fulham for what was supposed to be a fruitful half-season spell.

But he was signed by Rene Meulensteen - who was subsequently sacked and replaced by Felix Magath, a manager whom Holtby's path had crossed before - the two were not what you would call friends.

Soon he was an outcast at Fulham as well and it beggars belief because he is an industrious, hard-working and clever midfielder with bags of potential for the Premier League.

His style of play is however perfect for the Pochettino system of high-pressing and possession football. And Holtby's agent recently admitted he was hoping for a good 2014-15 under his new boss:

“Lewis is optimistic about the future at Spurs. There is a new manager there now which means it's a fresh start for him and a fresh start for everyone. He is happy at Tottenham and has a good feeling there. He wants to stay and prove himself and be part of the team.”

And now Holtby has shown off his own little sign that all is well for him in North London.

Holtby has shown off a picture of him standing outside the Hotspur Way training facility, with a simple message - 'good to be back home'.

For his and Tottenham's sake, hopefully he can flourish under his fifth manager in just 18 months.

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