European football expert suggests reason Holtby struggled at Tottenham

Lewis Holtby

European football expert Andy Brassell has suggested why German midfielder Lewis Holtby never made the grade at Tottenham Hotspur.

TalkSPORT’s European football expert Andy Brassell told the radio station why he feels Lewis Holtby’s career didn’t pan out as planned at Tottenham Hotspur.

The German midfielder was recently confirmed in a permanent move to Hamburg, after he struggled to produce his best form at White Hart Lane, which is a shame considering his popularity with Spurs fans.

“It was a good deal for £1.5 million and he showed a lot of promise – The thing was, they just never found the right place to put him into the team. He struggled a little bit at Hamburg but he really excelled towards the end of the season,” he told talkSPORT.

Tottenham’s key strength

Arguably Tottenham’s key strength if the power and variety of options they have in central midfield, which is where Holtby plays.

It was always going to be tough for him to make himself a first choice central midfielder for Spurs and that’s the challenge for any fresh face coming in to give Mauricio Pochettino a different option in that area of the team.

Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli are coming into the squad for the new season and they need to be ready to fight hard to get game time in and around the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen.

Why it’s a shame

It’s a shame that Holtby never progressed at Tottenham because he was an extremely popular figure.

He plays his football in a very honest way and seemed genuinely excited at the chance to grow up in a football sense at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham are a very proud club when it comes to younger players and there were similarities between the German and some of the home grown players who are now so important to the side.

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