Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby says that he is enjoying life under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The German midfielder is expected to thrive under the guidance of the new boss, who joined Spurs from Southampton over the summer, after being farmed out on loan towards the back end of last season.
Holtby is a patient, passing midfielder, whose strengths arguably were not fully utilised under previous regimes, but Pochettino’s style should suit the German down the ground and he says that he is enjoying playing under the Argentine.
“I think he’s a very good manager,” Holtby said. “I don’t want to compare managers as everyone has their own style, but he’s very positive - he wants to play attacking football, pressing football.
“It suits everybody at the club. Everyone’s happy with the way we train, the way we work, and he’s so ambitious. We’re very positive to go into the season and do very well.”
Spurs have had a quiet summer, with very few big-name additions being made, but they have bought shrewdly and effectively, bringing in players to cover for problem positions last summer.
The arrival of Ben Davies offers them solidarity at left-back, whilst Michel Vorm provides them with an excellent back-up option should first-choice stopper, Hugo Lloris, be ruled out.
Otherwise, Pochettino’s transfer window has been in stark contrast to the last summer Spurs had, where they invested heavily in a host of big names across the continent.
The likes of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Paulinho were all brought to White Hart Lane in big money moves last year, but they failed to hit top form as Spurs ended up in sixth position.
Pochettino has shown faith in that squad to improve, though, and Holtby is one of a number of players who seems to have been offered a reprieve by the new manager.
He will be hoping to repay the faith that has been shown in him, starting with Spurs’s first game of the season, which takes place against West Ham United on Saturday.
The Hammers have been victorious in the past three meetings between the two sides, but Holtby says that the squad are determined to avenge the run of defeats and get off to a winning start at the weekend.
“I think, after last year’s performances against them, everyone knows what this game’s about,” he said. “It’s about getting three points in the first game of the Premier League season, and it’s a big derby which means a lot to the fans.
“If we could win at Upton Park I think that would mean a lot to the fans, especially after last year. Everyone’s really up for it and we can’t wait to kick off.”