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Lewis Holtby won’t rule out Spurs return, “did not fail” at White Hart Lane

Feb 7, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

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Lewis Holtby‘s season-and-a-half at Tottenham didn’t go as planned, with the German back appearing 39 times and scoring thrice before moving across London with January’s loan move to Fulham.

But what might surprise Spurs fans is that he doesn’t consider his transfer from Schalke to Tottenham a failure, nor is he ruling out a return to the club.

Holtby was complimentary of Andre Villas-Boas and said Sherwood’s change in formation didn’t play to his skill set. His translated comments (always dangerous) from a German interview are interesting to say the least.

Tottenham was at the end certainly a difficult time,” Holtby is quoted as saying.I’ve always given everything. The coach (Tim Sherwood) has even confirmed to me that I was almost continuously the best trainer. But anyway, I rarely played.”

To me it is important to note that I did not fail at Tottenham,” he said.Every time when I was not in the squad, I was either injured or ineligible. It looked outwardly perhaps sometimes different, but just as it was. And maybe in the summer (I’ll go) back.”

Is that an indictment of Spurs manager Tim Sherwood? Maybe.

Holtby played eight minutes in a brief debut for the Cottagers in their 5-1 loss to Manchester City before going all 90 in Fulham’s 3-0 loss to Southampton last week.

  1. ryanschwalbach - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    A few things to note:
    Holtby has not been at Tottenham for a season and a half – he was purchased from Schalke last January. It says Holtby played a brief debut for the Cottagers in their 5-1 loss to City. This appearance was with Spurs, as his last appearance (for now) in a Spurs shirt came in the 5-1 loss. Finally, I don’t know of many Spurs fans that consider him a failure. I am a Spurs fan and know the majority of fans love Lewis, singing his name and wanting him to stay.
    Personally, I’m shocked that Lewis did not fit into Sherwood’s system. The Englishman seems to prefer box-to-box midfielders and appreciate hard work and passion. Holtby is the most passionate player in the Spurs squad and can play as a number 10 or as a deeper-lying playmaker, perfect to be paired in the 4-4-2 with a player like Sandro, Bentaleb, or Capoue.

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