If not for the signing of Lewis Holtby from Schalke, I'd be cursing at the lack of activity in the Spurs camp following last night's transfer deadline.

Fortunately, Daniel Levy looks to have picked up a few tricks from Harry Redknapp over the last four years. 

Spurs paid a mere £1.5m to bring the pre-contract agreement forward, with the German international able to move to White Hart Lane earlier than initially thought. 

Holtby has played on the left, right and through the middle for Schalke and can provide a far more elegant link to the attack than Clint Dempsey, whose name I say in a bland and dejected tone. 

I am only grateful for handful of things the American has done so far this season, where as my feelings of contempt for him could only be counted on the hands of a Hindu deity.

That is why Holtby's signing was music to my ears. As of late, Tottenham have been looking flat, tame and short of much excitement. 

There are only glimpses of the rapid, fluid football seen almost every week in the first half of the season. Moments of brilliance that existed in the presence of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart are fading fast too.

That was until Holtby made his debut on 71 minutes against Norwich City on Wednesday night. 

Suddenly the creativity we so sorely missed was back. Some of his flicks were delicious as he frequently linked up with Lennon. His work rate was top notch and he covered a lot of ground in the 20 minutes he was on the pitch. 

I hope I’m not getting ahead of myself but I think it's clear the 22-year-old midfielder could be the key to unlocking our class and securing that Champions League spot we yearn for.


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