Tottenham Hotspur’s official Twitter account have posted a photo of Lewis Holtby, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela in training today.
Three Tottenham Hotspur misfits have been pictured training today and they all look as if they are enjoying life under Mauricio Pochettino.
Lewis Holtby, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela all failed to make an impact at White Hart Lane last season and it has led to their future’s coming into question.
Holtby was farmed out on loan to Fulham at the back end of the campaign after only playing for Spurs 13 times up until January, whilst Erik Lamela struggled for fitness following his big-money move from Roma, making just nine appearances in a Tottenham shirt.
The biggest disappointment of the bunch was Soldado, though. The former Valencia man was brought in by Spurs to provide them with the goalscoring threat to make them genuine title contenders, but he could not find his top form and only notched six times in his debut season in England.
As such, it seems slightly ironic that he been pictured playing ‘football tennis’, a game where the aim is to avoid the ball hitting the net, given Soldado proved himself an expert at that last campaign.
Even so, the trio’s quality cannot be doubted. They have all proven themselves to be top talents in leagues across Europe and it will be up to new Spurs boss Pochettino to nurture them back to top form.
Lamela will be a year older and more acclimatised to English football and he will be hoping to show the reason that he was signed as a player who Spurs identified to have the potential to replace Gareth Bale in the future.
Soldado, meanwhile, will be looking to show the form that saw him score 59 times in 101 appearances for Valencia and establish himself as one of Spain’s top strikers.
Holtby, too, is aiming to prove that he is capable of playing at White Hart Lane and his representative, Marcus Noack, has recently spoken to Sky Sports to express how hopeful the German midfielder is about his future under Pochettino.
“Lewis is optimistic about the future at Spurs,” Noack said.
“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.”
If all three can indeed find their optimum form then Spurs will surely have a chance of breaching the top four, as they are so desperate to do.