Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby determined for starting role

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Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has revealed that he is eager for a place in the Spurs midfield and believes he can play a number of roles for Andre Villas Boas.

The 22-year-old signed in January from Schalke and the Germany under-21 captain has only played five Premier League games since, mainly in an attacking midfield role.

Holtby played 90 minutes for the under-21s on Sunday has his side beat Israel 2-1 and he will lead the team to the European Championships in the summer.

However, he feels he hasn't yet played in his favoured position for Spurs and admits he is impatient for a place in AVB's starting XI.

He told Kicker: "I can play various positions. I believe, the number six is the position for my future. Between six and ten, I feel best in central midfield.

"In the summer, with my first pre-season and hopefully the tailwind of  a successful Under-21 European Championship, I want to win a place on the team."

Holtby also admitted that it takes time to get used to the pace of the English game and prefers the training regimes at Spurs over Schalke.

"The game is faster, it constantly goes up and down," he added.

"It's easier to work on those little things in training, as there are no media or fans at the training ground. This enables you to work totally professional."

The midfielder has also praised team-mate Gareth Bale and believes the Wales international has all the attributes to become the best in the world.

"He is outstanding and has everything an attacking player needs. He is tall,fast, has a great left foot and has very good technique," Holtby said.

"He has that certain little extra to make him a world-class player."

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