Lewis Holtby has headed back to the Bundesliga on a loan deal with Hamburg until the end of the season.
The versatile young midfielder flew to Germany earlier today to put the final touches to his return to his homeland after failing to convince Mauricio Pochettino he should stay at White Hart Lane.
Holtby is capable of playing a variety of roles in the Spurs midfield but unfortunately for the player, central midfield isn’t a position where Tottenham are short of bodies at the moment.
The move should do Holtby good because he knows the Bundesliga from his days with Schalke before he joined Spurs and it will provide him with the chance to start more games than would have been the case in North London.
Had he stayed at Spurs there would have been no guarantees that he’d get into the side ahead of Etienne Capoue, Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen and several others so it’s a move which makes sense on all sides.
Former Spurs midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart recently said that he’d be delighted to see Holtby playing his football at Hamburg as the side look to recover from an opening day thumping in the German league, where they lost 3-0 at the hands of Paderborn.
Holtby’s Tottenham contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2018, which means Spurs don’t have to sell and can benefit from getting a potentially better player back at the end of this season.
Hamburg could make a play at the end of the campaign to try and tie him down on a permanent deal but that’s doubtful considering their recent economic problems and the fact Holtby has admitted that he wants the chance again in the future to be able to succeed at Tottenham.
Here’s what Tottenham Hotspur fans have had to say about his exit via social media site Twitter.
I like Holtby but he's played under 3 Spurs managers & failed to hold down a regular first team spot. ...Something to think about. #Holtby— Lee Charles Hunt (@LeeHunt87) August 31, 2014
Holtby going back to Germany to hamburg. Pity he didn't fit in to spurs plan. Would of liked to see him do well #holtby— brendan cronin (@bwcronin) August 31, 2014
lewis holtby, a player i was really looking forward too at Spurs shame he never got his chance, hope he does well— yung flaccid (@DanielBuxton_) September 1, 2014
A shame to see Lewis Holtby leave Spurs. An energetic and useful player but didn't score enough. I'd take Welbeck for sure— Jim Arrowsmith (@SpursJim) September 1, 2014