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Why Lewis Holtby deserves a chance at Tottenham

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Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Lewis Holtby arrived at Tottenham with a big reputation in Germany for a bargain fee due to his expiring contract. The young midfielder can play a variety of roles, but has yet to really kick off in North London.

He’s certainly not a static midfielder. He’s an all action player who likes to pass and move, and drives his shots low at goal. He’s yet to score, but certainly hasn’t stopped trying.

Holtby, still only 22, simply needs time to adapt to England and the Premier League. He’s an ideal starter for Spurs in an advanced midfield role, and has shown promise since his move from Schalke.

Currently, Spurs lack a creative midfielder in attacking positions since the departure of Rafael van der Vaart. Although they have been scoring goals, there’s no one really feeding the channels, and everything, at the moment, is coming from Gareth Bale.

With no strikers scoring goals consistently for Tottenham, an additional threat is required. With the exception of Bale and Jermain Defoe this season, no one has scored more than ten goals, which is really poor for a supposed Champions League team.

A goal-scoring midfielder is what Tottenham have needed for a long time. Van der Vaart was it for his two years at Tottenham, but a player who thrives on loose balls and has the ability to finish like a top striker would improve the side massively.

Along with a forward, an attacking midfielder is needed, so can Lewis Holtby be this player? Possibly, he just needs time to adapt in Tottenham. He’s not a capped German international for nothing. He’s clearly highly rated, and has been highly sought after in the past.