Most Spurs fans remember Lewis Holtby quite fondly from his time at Tottenham, even though it didn’t quite work out at the club for the German midfielder.
After arriving at Spurs in the January of 2012 as a 21-year-old kid with a lot of potential, Holtby immediately won the fans over with his work rate and passion.
However, he found it hard to get consistent starts and after the sacking of André Villas-Boas, was loaned out to Fulham, before moving to Hamburg ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s first season.
The now 28-year-old, who has been a key figure in Hamburg’s midfield for several years, has reminisced about his time in North London.
The former Schalke-man, who made 42 appearances for the Lilywhites before moving back to the Bundesliga, recalled how the Spurs fans made him feel like one of their own immediately after he arrived in North London.
Holtby told Premier League World (broadcast on BT Sport on 1st May): “The first game at the Lane against Newcastle was unbelievable.
“The fans had a song for me straight away, they pulled me close. They made me feel at home straight away. That is something quite unique, I’ve never witnessed that before.”
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Lewis Holtby was clearly quite talented and was just the kind of quick thinking player who could have potentially flourished under Pochettino given that the German likes to play with high intensity.
The German was unlucky that he arrived at a bad time for the club, and at a time when they found themselves a little overstocked in the attacking midfield positions, as a result of which his and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s Tottenham career’s were cut short.
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