The second departure out of Tottenham in two days has just been announced with German International Lewis Holtby taking up the option to make his loan move to Hamburg permanent.
The 24 year midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a one-year loan in September, 2014, with a view to a permanent transfer. It is believed the fee will be around £6m.
I can’t say it’s too much of a surprise if at all as for all his potential talent it never quite took off for him at White Hart Lane, firstly a loan move and subsequent relegation with Fulham meant he wasn’t in favour under manager Tim Sherwood. With Sherwood’s departure from the club it was hoped that Holtby could then get back in favour under a new manager only unfortunately for Holtby it seemed as if Mauricio Pochettino didn’t take to him either.
With him being loaned out all last season this doesn’t particularly have to great a bearing on the first team squad as it stands, if one positive it should mean we now have a bit more money in the kitty for some transfer business as we’ve raised £16m in two days but it does also point to another signing who didn’t really make the grade at Tottenham and will probably be filed in the “forgettable” category along with Paulinho.
I wonder if Tom Carroll will be next to go or will he be given a chance to get into the first team squad this season, one thing I do know is we certainly could do with a big name Centre Midfielder to enhance the side and provide competition for Bentaleb and Mason.
Our centre midfield options are currently Bentaleb, Mason, Dembele and Stambouli – I’m sure you’ll agree not the strongest of spines and also a bit light in terms of numbers but now that the transfer window has been thrown wide open I’m sure or at least I hope Tottenham wil have their eyes on 1 or at least 2 more names.