Gareth Bale has been the driving force this season in Tottenham Hotspurs challenge for a top four spot and a place in the Champions League.
It has seen a meteoric rise in his stock. This is why everyone thought Spurs would struggle without their talisman when he got injured and struggle they did. Injury to Bale meant that someone would get a chance to replace him and Lewis Holtby stepped up.
Holtby hasn’t been given enough credit for the limited number of matches he’s played in so far. It is true that he hasn’t put in a game changing performance in the few matches he’s played but for a player who has just joined a completely new league that plays a whole different brand of football he seems to have adapted very well.
His quick passing and movement will always be a hassle for opposition teams. Whenever he gets the ball he looks for a pass and moves on forward looking for more space to get behind the defence.
What is most impressive is his attitude in the game. He’s a willing runner who chases and presses for the ball till the very dying minutes even if his team is winning. Holtby exhibits a never give up attitude and a thirst for winning, something Spurs severely lack in the absence of Bale.
In last week’s victory against Manchester City, Holtby along with Tom Huddlestone changed the game after coming on the hour mark with an assist each, which is a sign of things to come.
At a reported €1.75 million, Holtby, who is only 22, is a steal and as he gets more comfortable with the rigors of the English Premier League he could prove crucial to the Spurs in the future.
Gareth Bale is their main star, the talisman for Spurs and if Holtby continues in the same vein of progress he could also become a fan favourite and a game changer as well.
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