Lewis Holtby joined Tottenham in January for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5m from Schalke.
Since then the midfielder has made little impact in the Spurs team, but next season he could become an integral part of Tottenham's squad.
With Tottenham's top target Joao Moutinho agreeing a deal to join Monaco there is still a void in Spurs' midfield, left by Luka Modric.
This has put even more pressure on the club to identify a replacement for Modric for the upcoming season. However, the answer could already be at the club in the January signing of Lewis Holtby.
Holtby has had a difficult first season in England. Limited to only cameo appearances off the bench for Spurs he has yet to cement himself in the team. The German made only 17 appearances for Spurs and has yet to register a single goal for the club.
Nevertheless, the German was a star for his previous club Schalke. He scored 13 goals for the club in the last two years and also provided ten assists last season for Schalke before he left the club for White Hart Lane.
Most importantly, Holtby has Champions League experience and one of his best performances in the competition was against north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
In that game the German was playing in a deeper role and ran the game for his former employers. Holtby is only 22-years-old so he has a lot of potential which he can fulfil at Spurs. He also is the Germany Under-21 captain and has three senior caps for his national team.
Holtby is a similar player to Modric and Rafael van deer Vaart, Spurs previous two star midfielders. He is creative and composed, is good with the ball at his feet, has great vision and has an eye for goal.
Spurs also have Moussa Dembele, who has been playing in a deeper role since leaving Fulham, at the club. Dembele has had a good first season for Spurs but is clearly more effective when playing higher up the pitch as shown at his time at previous club. Holtby can play deeper and allow Dembele to push forward.
Once Holtby gets a full pre-season and settles in at his new club we will see the best of the German in a Spurs shirt.
Holtby can provide the creative spark next season that Spurs have been missing since Modric left the club.
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