Holtby at home at White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby has adapted well to life in north London
Since Tottenham moved Lewis Holtby's summer switch from Schalke forward to January, the German international has shown some promising signs in his first two Premier League appearances.
In the away fixture with Norwich City, Spurs were screaming out for some creativity in midfield, with Jermain Defoe struggling for form up top and Clint Dempsey hardly renowned for his goals.
Andre Villas-Boas' side needed a player to step up and deliver one defence splitting pass that would finally unlock the resilient Canaries defence.
By the 70th minute, nearly every Spurs fan would have been willing AVB on to give Holtby the nod.
Of course, it took a stunning solo effort from the Welsh wonderkid Gareth Bale to earn Spurs a point and to prevent the north London side from recording a first league loss since December 9, but Holtby injected a whole new lease of life into the Spurs side that night.
The half-English midfielder had the skill and awareness to spread balls to the left and to the right and find pockets of space which other players have had trouble finding since the beginning of the Villas-Boas era.
The Germany U21 international then carried his form into the following game against West Brom. Holtby demonstrated prowess in the games at Carrow Road and The Hawthorns that will potentially, in the future, make the £1.5m price tag look miniscule.
Along with prowess and an aesthetically pleasing performance, Holtby showed a willingness to work. He showed the endeavour that a lot of players lack, thus providing the perfect combination of skill and determination. He put his head in where it hurt at times and showed the Spurs fans that he really meant it when he said it was a "dream" to play for Tottenham.
He is, however, still very young and we must not get ahead of ourselves. There have been plenty of players in the past around the age of 22 that have disappeared off of our radars by the time they've hit 24.
There were also times where he could have been accused of being a little too over-elaborate. There were times where he performed cute flicks and tricks that, at times, just weren't on. I'm sure, however, the Spurs faithful will forgive him due to the lack of creativity through the middle at the present time, and Holtby will in time go on to become a fans favourite.
Regardless of his age, Holtby has so far impressed and the German-efficiency he will inject may well fire Spurs to Champions League football next season.
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