Every season is a breakthrough season for certain players. Last season it was noticeably Romelu Lukaku at West Brom and Luke Shaw at Southampton to name a few.
However, looking forward to next season Holtby will soon be the man on everybody’s lips and will start to play with the influence and composure he was showing at Schalke.
Holtby was a big prospect as he captained the U21 Germany National team and his 10 goals in 55 appearances for Schalke reinforced the notion of his brilliant potential. Consequently, numerous clubs had him on their radar but in the end he opted for a place in the Spurs setup.
Despite the heroics of Moussa Dembélé there was a gap in Tottenham's midfield as Sandro fell victim to a horrific knee injury that side lined him for the rest of the season. In theory this was perfect for Holtby as he would step into the fray in place of the missing Sandro. However, this was not to be.
Holtby only started, and finished, two games last season and it seemed that, despite his bottomless reserves of energy, he struggled to adjust to the nature of the Premier League.
Holtby believes that his decision to join Tottenham earlier than expected means that he will be able to make the transition from Germany to England much easier.
Holtby has been labelled as 'Germany's most versatile footballer’, which says something about his ability given the abundance of stat-studded quality in the German national side.
He will be more at ease for Tottenham next season as he has already racked up some appearances for the club and fans, owing to his below-par performances last season, won't expect too much from the 22 year old.
Since the departure of Modric to Real Madrid Tottenham have lost a little of their spark as they no longer have a midfield maestro with the passing range and accuracy of Modric. Holtby has this and if he were to play in behind the lone striker, whoever Tottenham decide to buy, and in front of Sandro and Dembélé then Tottenham would give any opposing midfield a run for their money.
Holtby, as previously mentioned, has an amazing capacity for running and closing down or pressing the ball which is policy enforced by Andre Villas-Boas and his hard running and tenacity, coupled with his exquisute passing and vision, could see him take not only Tottenham but the Premier League by storm next season.
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