Back in January, Tottenham Hotspur signed Germany U21 midfielder Lewis Holtby from German club Shalke for a fee of around £1.5million.
The 23-year old had initially agreed to join Spurs for free last June when his contract expired at Schalke, but the north London club brought the transfer forward so he could help them for their remaining fixtures during the 2012/13 season.
He managed to earn a lot of first team football in his first half-year at the club, playing 17 games in all competitions, helping the lilywhites earn a fifth-place finish in the Premier league, just missing out on Champions League football.
Comparisons were soon made between Holtby and former Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric due to his superb passing skill. In fact, the youngster continued to use his passing ability and was seen using his strength in the club's 3-1 win against Manchester City last year.
He formed good partnerships with fellow midfielders Moussa Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson, as well as the now departed Gareth Bale.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas had signed him for his creativity but with Tottenham being busy in the summer with transfers, you could forgive Holtby for considering a move away from England to find first team football.
The signings of playmakers Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela appeared to have pushed Lewis Holtby further down the pecking order at the club but his fine start to this season seems to have made him a highly rated player in the team.
He played in all three of Germany’s U21 games at the European Championships, scoring one goal, giving him further hope of adding to his three caps at senior level for his country.
Since returning to Tottenham, he has featured in seven of their opening games and even scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win at home to Dinamo Tbilisi in a Europa League qualifier.
In Tottenham’s 4-0 win against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup, he proved he could be a regular for the first team, with a wonderful performance from midfield.
If he continues his fine form this season, he could become a Tottenham great.
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