The midfielder did not do much from afar last season to convince Mauricio Pochettino that he had a future at Tottenham Hotspur.
It came as no real surprise when it was announced on Wednesday that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby had completed a permanent move to Hamburg, at least not in the sense of the player’s future clearly being away from White Hart Lane for some time.
Despite being known for his impressive work ethic at Tottenham, Holtby’s loan spell in the Bundesliga did not suggest here was a man playing his way back into the thoughts of Mauricio Pochettino.
In fact if anything, Holtby’s disappointing form for Hamburg only makes his permanent switch more confusing.
In 25 games last season, Holtby managed no goals and just two assists as he was shunted between many different positions; and running about a lot is not enough when you are tasked with scoring and creating.
By the end of the campaign he had played as an attacking midfielder, a central midfielder, a right winger and a left winger and nothing really worked.
His assists came in September and May and a brief spell out of the side with a collarbone fracture certainly did not help. But where some players seize loan moves to prove a point, Holtby failed to do that.
So while there are plenty of Tottenham fans who remain a fan of Holtby, the simple fact is he made Pochettino’s decision for him. A sparkling campaign and things may have been different, but as it is it makes more sense to give someone like Alex Pritchard a chance moving forward.