Tottenham Hotspur fans react on Twitter to permanent Holtby exit - 'Can't lie, I'm sad'

Lewis Holtby has reportedly sealed a permanent exit from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around £5 million.

A report in German tabloid Bild this morning suggested that Hamburg have exercised their right to make Lewis Holtby’s loan move from Spurs permanent, after he played enough games for the German club.

The deal is thought to be worth £5 million and means Holtby won’t get the chance to return to Tottenham Hotspur and become a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans as he tries to consolidate Spurs as a top four team.

Spurs fans were left downbeat when it was announced that Holtby, a popular player with supporters, was returning to the Bundesliga after a frustrating spell at White Hart Lane.

He worked his socks off whenever he was needed by Spurs but simply didn’t have the first team chances he thought he was going to get which led to a loan move to Fulham before this transfer to Hamburg this season.

He’s unfortunate because central midfield is one of the most competitive parts of the current Spurs squad whereas new bodies are definitely needed for Pochettino in other areas of the team.

There are plenty of options for Pochettino in the middle of his team; Etienne Capoue, Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen to give an example of the selection headache Pochettino has on a weekly basis.

Holtby is a tidy player, who is good in possession and someone who is also versatile and can play in a number of different roles, but he’s not imposing and as a small man he could often get overpowered by physical teams.

After a couple of moves around, hopefully he can now settle back down into Bundesliga football and it’s encouraging from Spurs fans that they can afford to expand with such a high quality player.

Here’s what Tottenham fans had to say about Holtby’s apparent permanent exit from the club via Twitter.

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