The rumour mill is slowly whirring back into action on this miserable Monday, suggesting today that Spurs’ midfielder and German international Lewis Holtby may be headed for B6 this month in what is thought to be a loan deal.
It would appear that the Villans have been interested in Holtby since his days in Germany with FC Schalke 04, having been linked with the midfielder in 2012.
The promising 23-year-old has had limited playing time since signing for Tottenham Hotspur for £1.5 million in January 2013, failing to fit into the preferred systems of either Tim Sherwood or his predecessor, Andre Villas-Boas. He has appeared twenty-one times for the Londoners and scored three times.
At present, there is no shortage of midfielders at the Lane and Sherwood has even stated that he wants to recall Tom Carroll from his loan spell Queen’s Park Rangers, which arguably adds some weight to the rumours regarding Holtby.
It is no secret that the Villans have been crying out for an attacking midfielder and Lambert, in an interview published by Mat Kendrick of ‘The Birmingham Mail’ yesterday, said he wants a “playmaker” who can “make things happen”:
“I think people that can make things happen are important, because they take a risk and they take a chance. If you can get somebody like that in your side they can make things happen.
There’s nobody like that in our squad right now.
They’re a special type of player, they know how to get into little pockets on the pitch to try and make things happen and that’s something you try and look at. They’re worth their weight in gold if you can get them – and pretty dear.”
Lambert went on to say that he has identified targets for the number ten position. Could Holtby be his chosen one?
Holtby may not fit Spurs’ structure at present but he is undoubtedly a very skilful player, capable of beating his man with a clever touch. The young German is also a very good dribbler who uses his skill, as well as his pace, to defeat defenders. By all accounts, Holtby is a hard-working team player who will track back and extinguish attacking threats as well as setting up his team-mates.
Whether or not we’ll see Holtby in front of the Holte, of course, remains to be seen.