Lewis Holtby has described his first days as a Tottenham player as “living my dream” following his transfer from Schalke.
The German Under-21 international has been impressed with how the Spurs faithful have taken to him so soon and after this displays against Norwich City and West Brom there’s no doubt that Holtby is relishing his new role at Spurs.
With Jermain Defoe’s injury it will be interesting to see if AVB hands Holtby a start when Newcastle United visit the Lane in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off. Holtby is also enjoying the physical aspect of the English games which looks like it suits him down to the ground.
Holtby said: “I have been living my dream for the past few days.
“I am playing at an absolute top club in the Premier League.
“The day the transfer went through, I left for London with just a small suitcase and a few hours later, I was already on the Tottenham training ground, getting the traditional kick up the backside from my new team mates by means of welcoming me.”
“That’s the way things are here in London – hard but hearty.”
“I realised immediately that the speed and the toughness really is different here to the Bundesliga,” he added.
“It’s no place for the faint-hearted and the referees don’t blow the whistle as often.
“The game is brutally hard, but that suits me and I really love it. I also loved my second game for Spurs, in which a dream goal from Gareth Bale meant I could celebrate my first win.
“I will never forget this game against West Brom. The fans sang a song for me for almost all of the second half.
“It was incredible and I really had goosebumps. I had never expected such support so soon.
“I’ve just been in England a week and they already have a song for me, who would have thought it?”