Results for Lewis Holtby

4 departed £16.84m raised

8:00 pm
A look at the squad numbers from when they were announced last season, 14 August 2014, reveals that numbers 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 20, 24, 29, 30, 32 and 35 are either sold, have left the club or are up for sale.

Nine first-team squad players have left since then and since the January transfer window closed we no longer have as playing members of the squad Holtby £4.66 million (US$7.4m - AUS$9.5m - €6.5m), Paulinho £9.93 million (US$15.66m - AUS$20.41m - €14m) Ceballos and Friedel.

Sell-on clauses in the contracts on Iago Falque and Massimo Luongo have netted us a further £2.25 million (US$3.51m - AUS$4.59m - €3.17m).

Total Income this window: £16.84 million (US$26.28m - AUS$34.33m - €23.75m)
Total Expenditure: £8 million (US$12.49m - AUS$16.30m - €11.29m) - Wimmer, Trippier

There are a further six we are actively trying to sell with another two we would sell if the right offer came along, Stambouli and Townsend, which is unlikely.


44. Cristian Ceballos
14. Lewis Holtby
8. Paulinho
Bongani Khumalo
16. Kyle Naughton
20. Michael Dawson
24. Brad Friedel
30. Sandro
32. Benoit Assou-Ekotto
35. Zeki Fryers

Looking for a buyer

9. Roberto Soldado
10. Emmanuel Adebayor
7. Aaron Lennon
29. Etienne Capoue
6. Vlad Chiriches
4. Younes Kaboul

Roberto Soldado has been linked with Galatasaray, Valencia and Juventus but only the Turkish seriously.
Emmanuel Adebayor would be happy to reunite with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa but wants a payoff from us. Villa are being sold anyway so are perhaps in a state of limbo for a month. He has one year left on his contract.
Aaron Lennon has one year left on his contract is wanted by Everton but not at our £6 million asking price.
Etienne Capoue is wanted by Watford who have been holding discussions with us over the fee, terms are believed to have been agreed between player and club it is believed.
Vlad Chiriches has had enquiries but only Basel with any seriousness, Italy looks the most likely destination.
Younes Kaboul has one year left on his contract and has been the subject of interest from three Turkish clubs, Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş. There is also interest from an unnamed London club.

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Holtby completes £4.66m transfer

2:55 pm
I've reported it several times but still some think Holtby might stay, I can't understand why when he was effectively purchased by Hamburg after he had played 3 games for them.

Lewis Holtby has joined Hamburg, he is a Hamburg player now, not a Tottenham player on loan at Hamburg. There was an auto-buy clause in his contract. This meant that after he had played 3 games for them they had no option but to buy him as part of a legally binding agreement, his auto-buy clause.

The season ends officially on June 30th so officially he was on loan until then and then 1 July he is automatically purchased by Hamburg for or £4.66 million (US$7.4m - AUS$9.5m - €6.5m).

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Holtby auto-buy clause

8:30 am
There still seems to be some confusion over Lewis Holtby with the Telegraph triggering a load of articles from websites suggesting we will be looking for a buyer for the German. We don't need to, Hamburg have no option, they have to buy him, guaranteed.

Holtby is staying in Germany with Hamburg as he has consistently told the German media. As reported by German newspaper Bild in January Holtby has an 'auto-buy' clause in his contract and that was triggered after he had played just 3 games for them, that occurred in Matchday 5 against Norussia Monchengladbach.

It's all to do with Financial Fair Play no doubt and a way of Spurs guaranteeing his sale, while Hamburg officially get to buy him this summer, they spend a lot last summer. Holtby moves officially on 1 July for £4.66 million (US$7.4m - AUS$9.5m - €6.5m) at today's rates. He'll have a contract at the Bundesliga outfit until 2018.

He is an automatic sale, he is only a Tottenham player in name, on 1 July he isn't.

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Lewis Holtby not coming back to Spurs

11:30 am
There have been fans on forums placing Lewis Holtby in their squad for next season and hoping we keep him, that is not the case.

Holtby went on loan to Hamburg for the season with an option to buy at the end of that. The 24-year-old has repeatedly said he will remain at Hamburg and reiterated that to German newspaper Bild in April.

"I have been quite clear about this club. If that happens I will take responsibility and play for HSV in the second division."

His loan spell is at an end on 30 June and he'll become a Hamburg player on 1 July for £5.72 million (US$8.90m - AUS$11.48m - €7.91m).

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Confirmed, Germans circumvent FFP rules

9:30 am
Just as I speculated at the time Lewis Hotlby's loan move to Hamburg had a guaranteed purchase element in it to circumvent Financial Fair Play rules, just as the Radamel Falcao to Manchester United deal has.

Confirmed, Germans circumvent FFP rules

Lewis Holtby has officially gone on loan with an option to buy, but it's not an option at all, if certain criteria are met then Hamburg are obliged to buy the player. Those conditions have already been met which shows you just how weak they were in the first place.

He arrived at Tottenham for £1.5 million and won the fans over with passion and effort, however apart from effort he had shown little else. There were some encouraging flashes and his work rate fitted in with the Pochettino system but along with the work rate there has to be an end product and Holtby just gave the ball away too often without adding much offensively.

Now that may be because of the position he was playing in, currently with Hamburg under a new manager, the manager who signed him was sacked, he has been moved into the central attacking midfielder role and begun to produce notable performances again.

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Lewis Holtby will officially move to Hamburg permanently next summer but in effect it has already happened say German newspaper Bild. The fee £5.12 million ($8.26m - €6.5m) represents a tidy little profit.

The German club are in the process of restructuring their playing staff and want t reduce wages significantly from the level they are playing so will not be offering contract extensions to their high earners such as Rafael van der Vaart whose contract expires next summer.

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Are Hamburg finding the key to Holtby

9:30 am
Lewis Holtby arranged a free transfer to Tottenham who then paid £1.5 million to secure him early, 28th January 2013, from German side Schalke 04.

Are Hamburg finding the key to Holtby

He signed a four-and-a-half-year deal and just 2 days later made his Tottenham debut. He immediately endeared himself to Spurs fans with his passion and work ethic. However his career never progressed and a series of managers have determined that work without an end product wasn't good enough.

Under Mauricio Pochettino he had again displayed that work ethic and looked as if this season he would be the understudy to Erik Lamela, however Holtby wanted to be laying regular first-team football and Tottenham needed to offload some non-home grown players.

Therefore on 1st September he went on loan to Hamburger SV with the option to buy after a season. The Bundesliga season hasn't started well for him however with Hamburger SV sitting at the bottom of the table after 6 matches on only 2 points. They haven't won a game yet and have scored only 1 goal all season.

Results have been so bad the manager who took him to Hamburg, Mirko Slomka, has been dismissed and Joe Zinnbauer has taken his place. That is the sixth manager Holtby has had since January 2013, Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood, Felix Magath (Fulham), Mauricio Pochettino, Mirko Slomka and Joe Zinnbauer.

Zinnbauer immediately moved Holtby into the number 10 role and the 24-year-old is now starting to get talked about in the German media for his performances. He was their best player in the 0-0 draw with giants Bayern Munich and in the latest 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. The Hamburger SV goal, their first of the season after they had secured the unwanted Bundesliga record for the longest period at the start of a season without scoring 507 minutes, was laid on by Holtby.

Prior to his assist he had rounded the keeper at the start of the second half only to hit the side netting from a tight angle before then playing in Nicolai Müller to give the 47,000 fans something to cheer about at last.

The pess report he has brought not only his work ethic but an invention to the role. It's a role many fans fans were suggesting he should have been playing at Tottenham, it's early days but suggestions are that Holtby is starting to look like the player we were keen to get hold of again.

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Holtby divided opinion

4:30 pm
Lewis Holtby is one of those Spurs players who divide opinion in much the same way Bentaleb does, although for him it's only because Sherwood picked him.

Holtby divided opinion

Bought as a promising player it now transpires he was immature when we bought him, three managers have now decided he is not a first choice footballer for Tottenham, they can't all be wrong. He brought passion yes, but at the end of the day that's about all he bought, there was no great end product. He ran around a lot basically, a stand in but never a first choice.

Fair play to him he simply wanted to play football, he didn't want to be a squad player with us anymore, you can't knock him for that, good luck to him. He was one of the players Pochettino was willing to let go although a section of supporters somehow manage to blame Daniel Levy for selling him!

My previous article will help explain the situation, you can find it in the right sidebar or a link at the top of the recent articles below.

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Hamburg manager Huub Stevens has told German paper Hamburger Morgenpost that Lewis Holtby is affected by things going on around him. He said Holtby has grown up while with Spurs, an aspect we fans don't often associate with footballers.

“Sometimes he can be influenced by negative things. Since he went the head never went down. Maybe he has become somewhat adult in his time in England.” 

Mario Balotelli is another such player, but when he does grow up the side that has him will have a hell of a footballer. I was hoping that would be us but alas Liverpool have his talent now and on reasonable wages for his talent of £95,000 ($157,053 - €119,538) a week, wages we could have handled. Did Pochettino want him though, we were never really serious contenders for his signature though so It's doubtful.

Holtby has left on loan with a view to purchase, whether that is a guaranteed purchase or purchase option I'm not clear on though.

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Holtby to QPR or Palace unlikely

4:30 pm
The newspapers today would have us believe that Crystal Palace, who don't have a manager and QPR are lining up a move for Lewis Holtby. I would say that has about zero chance of coming off.

Holtby to QPR or Palace unlikely

He has been lively, energetic in pre season and has turned in some good displays, he is the understudy for Erik Lamela and can also cover the defensive link man role, indeed can do a job anywhere is midfield.

The 23-year-old German is, at the moment, possibly the first name to replace our existing first choice midfield, admittedly with a few players to return. He is knocking on the door for selection, looks very happy, seems to like Pochettino's tactics and Pochettino likes him according to the rumours coming out of the club, despite the players suggesting we are willing to listen to offers and he is surplus to requirements.

With all due respect to both clubs, they are a step down, Crystal Palace and likely to be fighting relegation and QPR are likely to be bottom half as well, does Holtby really want a relegation scrap when he could be playing in Europe?

If he wants to be playing for his country then he needs to be playing at the highest level possible and preferable also in Europe, where you get exposed to a different style of football and different players with different problems. When Fulham took him on loan for a failed relegation fight in January for the remainder of last season, their fellow German manager Felix Magath said he lacked fight, hardly the sort of player you want in a relegation scrap.

There would seem little benefit him going to either club quite frankly.

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Lewis Holtby Performance

10:30 am

Lewis Holtby

West Ham United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

16th August 2014 at 15:00
English Premier League (EPL)
Stadium: Boleyn Ground (London)

Performance Stats

Forward Passes: 11
Backwards Passes: 14
Total Passes: 25
Successful Passes: 18
Pass Completion: 72%
Key Passes: 0
Assists: 0
Chances Created: 0
Average Pass Length: 16m

Goals Conceded: 0
Goals Scored: 0
Goals Left Foot: 0
Goals Right Foot: 0
Goals Headed: 0
Goals Inside Area: 0
Goals Outside Area: 0
Goals Set Piece: 0
Goals Penalty: 0
Goals Direct Free Kick: 0
Goals Crossed Free Kick: 0
Goals Corners: 0

Goal Attempts
Shots: 1
Shot Accuracy: 0%
Shots Inside Box: 0
Shots Outside Box: 1

Opponent Duels
Tackles Won: 0
Tackles Lost: 1
Take on Success: 0
Take on Success: 0%
Headers Won: 1
Headers Win: 100%
Duels Success: 33.33%
Fouls For: 0
Fouls Against: 1

Interceptions: 0
Blocks: 0
Clearances: 1
Errors: 0
Errors Costing Goals: 0

Yellow: 0
Red: 0
Simulation: 0
Verbal Abuse: 0
Bad Tackles: 0

Match Day Squad

Hugo LlorisGK
Brad FriedelGK
Eric DierD
Younes KaboulD(CR)
Etienne CapoueD(C),DM(C)
Nabil BentalebDM(C)
Danny RoseD(L)
Kyle NaughtonD(LR)
Ben DaviesD(L)
Michael DawsonD(C)
Lewis HoltbyM(CLR)
Christian EriksenAM(CL)
Andros TownsendAM(LR)
Erik LamelaAM(CLR),FW
Aaron LennonAM(LR)
Harry KaneFW
Emmanuel AdebayorFW
Roberto SoldadoFW

Player Performance

Lewis Holtby has, for me, been predominantly Erik Lamela's understudy in pre-season and doubles up as a central midfieder making him very useful to have in the squad. Many though he would start ahead of Bentaleb but and there were arguments either way, I sided with Bentaleb.

After an hour Holtby cam on and indeed it was for Lamela, while Townsend came on at the same time for Lennon. Holtby always has a smile on his face, seems to love the club and likes the way the manager is going about things. He is a bundle of energy and at times was like a dog chasing a bone running from one player to the next when they passed in triangles.

He gives that energy when we need it, when the opposition begin to tire, having him and Townsend tearing about is the last thing you want. A hard working half hour that gave Danny Rose help and kept us fairly solid.

A player with passion and we love that at The Lane.

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Lewis Holtby is made for Pochettino

4:30 pm
Lewis Holtby loves football and Spurs fans immediately took to him for his all energy determined displays.

Lewis Holtby is made for Pochettino

A spell on loan at Fulham where his countryman manager questioned his commitment to fight was a surprise to us but having returned to Tottenham with an uncertain future ahead of him. While with Fulham he would turn up and sit in the crowd for Tottenham's Europa League ties, posting the pictures on social media sites. That makes you think he likes it at Tottenham, he wants to be at Tottenham, many others would have sulked or looked for a move away.

Daniel Levy brought in Mauricio Pochettino with a remit of improving the team and improving the youth, to improve players like Lewis Holtby. He demands an extremely high level of fitness to be able to play the high intensity pressing game and not run out of steam over the course of a game. Holtby now seems to have a permanent smile on his face as if he is happy with life.

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The 23-year-old German has taken to the new managers training and tactics like a duck to water. He  has stood out among pre-season and shouted select me. He has played as Erik Lamela's understudy on the right and played central. Against West Ham he is probably in a straight fight with Nabil Bentaleb for the defensive midfield role alongside Étienne Capoue.

“I think he’s a very good manager. I don’t want to compare managers as everyone has their own style, but he’s very positive - he wants to play attacking football, pressing football. 
“It suits everybody at the club. Everyone’s happy with the way we train, the way we work, and he’s so ambitious. We’re very positive to go into the season and do very well.” 
“I think, after last year’s performances against them, everyone knows what this game’s about. It’s about getting three points in the first game of the Premier League season, and it’s a big derby which means a lot to the fans. 
“If we could win at Upton Park I think that would mean a lot to the fans, especially after last year. Everyone’s really up for it and we can’t wait to kick off.”

He is right there, after last season three points are needed to restore order, to get the season off to a start that inspires confidence for the next game and sends the fans to work with a smile on their faces.

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Holtby, Player Tweets, Benoit Assou-Ekotto

10:30 am
Hello everyone, good afternoon and welcome once again to Tottenham News Shorts, quick bits of bitesize news surrounding Tottenham and or the glorious game of football, soccer to some.

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Before we get into today's Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 49 here is a quick delve into some related articles to today's news that you may have missed.

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Once again Spurs were back to their wasteful ways in front of goal showing a lack of clinical finishing, finishing that makes the difference between winning game and dropping points.

Video highlights of the goals from the Tottenham v Schalke game plus a look at a few players, some who advanced their claims, some who did not.

For Pochettino it's out with the old system and in with anew one, the one touch football could cause problems and make us an enjoyable team to watch. Plenty of Sunday football will presumably mean plenty of TV games for fans who cant make it to White Hart Lane.

Right let's get into the Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 49 a brief one that concerns recent news about Lewis Holtby, Player tweets and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

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Lewis Holtby produced another energetic display and seems to be really enjoying the system Mauricio Pochettino has introduced at White Hart Lane.

He was lucky not to see a straight red card, nobody could have complained had the ref showed one, that is something he will have to control this season, tackles like that will cost us points. He spoke to Spurs official after the game.

"It was a very good test. We could’ve scored a couple more. Very pleased with the result and happy to get another run out. I really enjoyed playing today against my old team Schalke. They came here with a young team, a very good team. 
"We’re burning for this game [West Ham] and burning for three points."

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Roberto Soldado  Aug 8
No puedo esperar más por volver a White Hart Lane / Can't wait to get back to White Hart Lane

Kenneth McEvoy Jnr - on loan at Peterborough
Great experience to make my first league appearance.

Roberto Soldado
Último partido de pretemporada.Gran victoria!! / Last game of pre-season.Great victory!!

Andros Townsend
Nice to end pre season on a win in front of our fans at the lane! Now on to more important matters next week!

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Shaq Coulthirst ‏- on loan at Southend United
First Game Of The Season Away To Accrington, Let's Get The 3 Points And Set The Tone For The Rest Of The Season.

Shaq Coulthirst
First Game Of The Season & First 3 Points.

Nabil Bentaleb
Feels Great to be back at the Lane , and with a win on top ! 

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Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Con on u spurs💥 com on ade👀👊 lol 
💥 = Collision symbol
👊 = Fisted hand sign

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What do we read into Benny's collision symbol? Why put it there if he is not on a collision course with the club? Are there troubles behind the scenes with Benny?

Last summer Tottenham were trying to sell Benny but he failed medicals in France leaving us with a player we couldn't sell. A loan move to QPR in the Championship transpired and we will have been subsidising his wages. The spell was not a success.

A World Cup, a headbutt of a team mate and not a single whisper of any interest in him at all this summer. He has one year of his contract to go, hasn't figured in any pre-season and with two left-backs has little chance of even featuring in the Premier League squad, especially if we sign any non-home grown players, which we look likely to do.

He looks to have no future, I haven't seen him in any training pictures but then I haven't been studying them all, no doubt someone has and can tell us.

But at the moment it seems we are still paying the wages for a player we won't be using and doesn't appear to be going anywhere.

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Holtby & Chicago coach Yallop praise Friedel

12:30 pm
Brad Friedel appears to go on for ever but everything must come to an end so despite signing a new one-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur he may well now have played his last game for he club and has almost certainly played his last game on home American soil.

Holtby praises Friedel

He has played the full 90 minutes in Seattle when Spurs drew 3-3 with the Sounders and in Canada where Spurs beat Toronto 3-2. The American veteran keeper completed his American tour playing 77 minutes for Tottenham against Chicago Fire. Fittingly he kept a clean sheet and made some fine saves before departing to a standing ovation.

He applauded the crowd in return and showed the importance of having a local sporting hero in your squad. He will now no doubt undertake a lot of promotional work as well as staying fit should Spurs need a third keeper.

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Chicago Fires coach Frank Yallop had nothing but praise for Friedel.

“He deserves all the accolades you can give him, to be honest. Is he 43? Not bad. He’s in good shape. But I think that one of the top, if not the top, goalkeepers we’ve seen from the States. I think that he deserved everything he got tonight.”

The youngsters at Spurs have seen first hand that if you look after your body, train in the right way and live like a true professional you can have a long career. Young 23-year-old German Lewis Holtby, 20 years Friedel's junior joked he could go on until he's 60!

"Brad is a legend. Forty-three, still playing for one of the biggest clubs in England or in the world, and I just see him day in and day out in training, he's fit and the reception today from the fans was brilliant. Player's a top character and he works on himself every day. … I think he can play until he's 60."

A tad optimistic Lewis but we get the sentiment.

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Anderton views, Lewis Holtby, Ben Davies

2:30 pm
Former Tottenham and England right wing Darren Anderton felt before last nights game that Tottenham need another striker and the Chicago victory did nothing to dispel that view.
"Soldado struggled last year, which was a shame, as I thought he was great in Spain but he was probably one of the biggest disappointments with his return of goals. 
"Harry Kane did come in at the end of the season and did really well I thought, which probably highlighted how much Soldado struggled. Of course, Adebayor did well too. Nobody doubts his talent and on his day he’s one of the best in the world, but it’s just a question of how much confidence he has to produce and whether he wants it enough. 
"In that sense, I think there’s absolutely no doubt that another striker would certainly be needed in my eyes. Top teams need goals. There are always those games when you’re not playing great but you’ve got that striker who can produce that moment of magic and that’s what they need."

Lewis Holtby is said to be at the centre of a tug o’ war between Leicester, QPR and Crystal Palace. However what I have heard is that Pochettino likes him and wants him to stay, he certainly put in a shift last night for 60 minutes and to my mind if he was looking to offload him he wouldn't have given him that long, he would have taken the opportunity to play someone he is going to keep getting them as fit as possible. He also feels we need plenty of cover in positions.

“The season is very long and we need to stay deep at every position."

Ben Davies has had a couple of halves and is calm down the left whereas Danny Rose again showed his hot-headedness getting himself booked for no reason. If indeed he is unhappy and wants away he will be no loss in the long-term. Short-term that may give us a problem which having Kyle Naughton at the club will help to solve, although I agree that that is not ideal.

“Ben Davies is important for us because he’s good competition for Danny Rose on the left side. He’s a young player, but he has good experience in the Premier League.”

Tottenham is a work in progress, we can't expect everything to be perfect with a new head coach adapting the squad to his requirements. The tour has been a very useful exercise and a chance for us fans to have a look at layers we don't normally see as well as have a look at how we will operate the Pochettino system.

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Clearly we have some promising players coming through and different players impressed in different games. It is always difficult to assess the level of the opposition, Seattle gave us a tough game in the first leg of the tour, while Chicago was a fairly easy game.

We may well see one or two of the youngsters now go out on loan to get regular competitive football, assuming new Under 21 manager Ugo Ehiogu has the same views as his predecessor and utilises the loan system to its fullest.

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Holtby, Dussaut, Birsa, Brozović, Lopes, Bentaleb

8:32 am
Hello readers and welcome back to Tottenham News Shorts, quick bits of bitesize news surrounding Tottenham and the glorious game of football, soccer to some.

Holtby, Dussaut, Birsa, Brozović, Lopes, Bentaleb

Before we get into today's Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 8 here is a quick reminder of some recent articles you may have missed. Click on the links to find out more and share on your favourite social media sites.

Reports suggest Pochettino is after playmaker turned defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin amid strong Arsenal interest. Take a look at his stats and a video, see what you think.

Former interim manager Tim Sherwood has written an excellent piece about Nabil Bentaleb and feels he is Just right for Pochettino's system as his displays at the World Cup suggest. I have to say I totally agree with him and Gary Neville who felt we had found a talent as soon as he saw him.

Espanyol are now resigned to losing Mexican centre-back Héctor Moreno after president Joan Collet revealed the La Liga side had received an opening bid for the 26 year-old. Pochettino bought him for Espanyol in 2011.

A young talent has apparently been ordered to Sign a contract extension or be consigned to reserve team football next season at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven which has alerted us to his availability. Have a look at his quick stats guide.

Right let's get into the Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 8 recent news which concerns Lewis Holtby, Damien Dussaut, Valter Birsa, Marcelo Brozović, Miguel Lopes and Nabil Bentaleb.

French daily newspaper L’Equipe claim Tottenham have been talking with 19 year-old French left-back Damien Dussaut since Thursday. The French U20 international Dussaut ia a Valenciennes player but was playing for their second team last season in the French Second Division.

Lewis Holtby was not impressed with Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellin for which he has received a four month ban.

“For me, if you do it the third time in a row now, it’s a bit like a disgrace.

“It’s not fair play at all.”

Incidentally for all the Holtby fans it is thought that Pochettino is keen on the 23 year-old German so you can expect to see him staying at White Hart Lane this summer.

The Uruguayans seemed to think it was fair and came out with all sorts of excuses to have their cheat stay with them at the World Cup. Fortunately we don't have to endure them any longer as they lost 2-0 to Colombia.

New AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi has told Valter Birsa that he doesn't have a future at the San Siro.

The 27 year-old Slovinian, who will be 28 before the season starts, is primarily an attacking midfielder but can play on either wing. His strengths are crossing and long shots and he is on offer at £4 million.

Last season he only played 750 minutes, which is equivalent to 8.33 full games and scored 2 goals. He played 229 minutes in the Champions League and 117 in the Italian Cup, providing an assist in each.

I reported our interest in Croatian playmaker Marcelo Brozović the other day and was amused to read claims the 21-year-old was part of the side that lost to Brazil and Mexico in the World Cup, although impressed during the 4-0 victory over Cameroon.

In fact he played 30 minutes in the defeat to Brazil and DIDN'T play against Mexico or Cameroon, so quite how he impressed sitting on the bench in a 4-0 win I'm not sure!

Spurs have indicated that they are willing to pay £4 million for Sporting right-back Miguel Lopes according to Portuguese paper Record. The 27 year-old spent last season on loan at Lyon in Ligue 1.

Nabil Bentaleb tweeted after Algeria made it to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup.

"Yes we made it! It's all about how hard you want it! A dream has become true."

Next up is the Germans for Bentaleb when he is sure to start his fourth  World Cup game.

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Holtby Delph swap with Villa

2:21 pm
Aston Villa have been linked with Lewis Holtby for a while now and the stories from fellow German Felix Magath, his boss at Fulham, about his lack of fight could see him leave Tottenham.

Holtby Delph swap with Villa

He has always shown effort and fight for Spurs so it was strange comments to hear from his loan spell with the London side. A lack of fight is exactly what was witnessed at White Hart Lane so Tottenham might look to cash in on a player that looks the part but doesn't produce the goods.

Fabian Delph has just started to show his potential. He is now 24 having joined Aston Villa in 2009 for £6 million from Leeds United. Stories of a potential swap deal have emerged between the two clubs.

Villa won't want to lose their Player of the Year and will no doubt want to get Holtby on the cheap but Daniel Levy is not one to let players go cheaply.

Delph likes to shoot fro distance, he scored 3 goals from 36 shots last season, is a good dribbler and is strong in the tackle. He is good at intercepting passes as well suggesting he reads the game well and or has good positional sense.

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He plays centre midfield or on the left of midfield and it's down the left where we need strengthening defensively. Lewis Holtby has never really been played on the left for Spurs and remains a player with unfulfilled potential. There is a better player inside him than we have seen which Daniel Levy will want to develop before he moves him on.

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Would Holtby have fought for Spurs

8:45 am
Tim Sherwood allowed Lewis Holtby to go n loan during the January transfer window in a bid to secure his World Cup place with Germany.

Would Holtby have fought for Spurs

Spurs fans consider him to be a fighter, someone who gives his all but Felix Magath, the Fulham boss thinks otherwise. He was his boss at Schalke and loaned him out twice and at Fulham he has hauled him after just 34 minutes against Stoke City and at half-time against Hull City. He has not been impressed.

“Lewis is a very skilful and a nice player but he is not a fighter - I think it was not the right move for him. I think he has put too much pressure on himself.

“Against Hull it was not him who was playing and against Stoke it was even worse.

“It was too early, he came here for a chance to go to the World Cup but after a few weeks it was clear it wasn’t working. It was not the right decision for him.”

With Tim Sherwood wanting players who would fight for the shirt, 23 year-old Lewis Holtby appeared to be a man who would do that, he turned up for our mid week games to watch but Magath's words suggest otherwise.

He has always displayed a passion when playing for us but fighting at the top of the table is a different ball game than fighting at the bottom of the table, where confidence is everything. Had he stayed at Spurs he would have been a better bet in midfield than Gylfi Sigurdsson who has let himself down badly when played centrally.

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Holtby 'I have no problem with Tim Sherwood'

8:30 am
Lewis Holtby joined Fulham from Spurs on loan for the remainder of the season during the winter transfer window in January. With a World Cup coming up the only way to force himself into the German squad was to play and that was not happening under Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane.

With an abundance of midfield players and a switch to 4-4-2 there seemed little chance of enough game time so a temporary move was in both parties best interests.
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“I don’t know what’s going to happen. There could be a new manager at Tottenham or Tim Sherwood could stay – there are so many possibilities,” he said.

“I have a half-season loan here at the moment and my task, and the team’s task, is to stay in the Premier League. If I think about the summer I’m not thinking about the task in hand.

“We are fighting to stay out of the drop zone and then there are other talks or whatever. But I still have a long contract at Tottenham.”

Holtby added: “I’m still trying to figure out what the problem was at Spurs.

“In the summer they bought seven or eight players and with a lot of high-quality players in the team it was always difficult for the gaffer.

“I’m not in the gaffer’s head but it was always difficult to select the team.  I have nothing bad to say about Tim Sherwood.

“He was very fair to me. He was always honest with me and he helped me with my loan to Fulham.

“He has been a player and he knows how it feels to be on the bench.

“What I’m thinking now Fulham staying in the Premier League.

“After that you never know what’s going to happen in the future.”

If Spurs are to have a new Head Coach this summer he may well have a future at Spurs, if a new man comes in and like him then Lewis Holtby's career could blossom the way Spurs hoped it would when they bought him a year ago.

There is so much that could happen at Spurs that no player can really know where they stand and that can't be good for performances on the field. With that in mind you have to applaud the work that Tim Sherwood has dome thus far.

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Lewis Holtby joins Fulham

4:15 pm
Tottenham could end up making a healthy profit on Lewis Holtby for his short stay at the club. The German Under 21 captain who is hoping to go to the World Cup with the senior side has joined Fulham on loan for the remainder of the season, with a view to a permanent deal.

Holtby said goodbye to the Spurs fans who took him to their hearts with the desire and commitment he showed.

"Big big thank you to all Spurs Fans for your support!!!

"It’s a new chapter and a new experience for me here in Fulham. It’s important for me to play and hopefully to trying to keep this club here in the Premier League."

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen completed the deal for the 23-year-old attacking midfielder who has been unable to break into Tim Sherwood's team at Tottenham. Many fans will be disappointed to see him go and I am in that number.

Lewis has joined Fulham on loan with an £8million transfer in the summer on the cards. Spurs only paid £1.5 million for him from Shalke with his contract running down and with that not being the case now Fulham will have to pay his market value.

Good luck to him, shame he's going.

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Give the kid who turns up every week 5 minutes

11:03 am
It is believes Lewis Holtby will be joining Schalke on loan until the end of the season with rumours of a medical booked today for him.

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Lewis Holtby is not in Tim Sherwood's plans
At the moment Lewis has rather taken on the role vacated by Tom Huddlestone, talent, ability but simply doesn't produce enough of it. He is young and developing but to develop you need to play and he looks miles away from any first eleven that Tim Sherwood is going to pick.

Quite what Lewis made of being brought on late against Man City when we wrongly had 10 men and were 4-1 down was it I don't know. Doubt he was to impressed, it smacked of giving the kid who is useless but turns up every week and is keen as mustard a game.

Spurs fans have taken to Lewis in general, he puts the effort in others don't, he plays with passion and he can pick a pass. I only hope he develops on loan and returns to us an even better player next season.

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All quiet on the Western Front

7:05 pm
Tim Sherwood has been speaking to the media prior to tomorrows game against in form Manchester City who hastened Andre Villas-Boas out the door at Tottenham after humiliating us 6-0.

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Emmanuel Adebayor enjoying life again at Spurs
Emmanuel Adebayor has always shown hunger when playing Man City or Arsenal, a bit more than hunger if we are honest, he got sent off against Arsenal when we were 2-0 up, a game we eventually lost 5-2. Sherwood has praised his rejuvenated and in form striker again today.

"He's been great ever since I've come into this job. I've given him a platform to play and he's not let me down. It looks like he's enjoying his football and he surely will be up for this game tomorrow.

"There's no small and big games for Ade at the moment, he seems like he's motivated just as much for every game he plays. He is one of the top strikers in the Premier League in my opinion, and it's important that we keep giving him the service.

"He relies on the other players as well, and we're relying on him so he'll be crucial for us to get where we want to be. At times he can be unplayable, I think a lot of centre-backs who have marked him will tell you that on his day he can be formidable and long may that continue because at the moment he's proving very, very hard to mark."

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On the transfer front it was expected to be quiet and is quiet. Having bought a lot of new players and with a trainee manager or Head Coach as we call them now at Spurs, purchases were always going to be unlikely. Once we have decided what we are doing in the summer, be it stick or twist, then the Head Coach may look to change things around more to their taste.

On transfer news Sherwood told the media: "We're not actually looking for anything. Unless something drastic happens between now and the end of the window then we won't be bringing anyone in.

"I am happy with the squad we have here. It is a big squad after we brought seven new players in last summer and I trust this group of players to take us where we want to be.

"But it is possible that there may be players leaving, although if no one was to go then I would be delighted."

He was asked about Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue both of whom have been linked away from the club this window in search of first team football..

"I like Lewis. He is a good lad and one of the best trainers at the club.

"But I understand, as I do with all players, that they want to play and if they are not getting a lot of opportunities then sometimes you have to be fair to the player. But first and foremost my job is to do what's right for this football club.

"As for Capoue, it the same as Lewis. He's a good lad, good trainer and has never given me a minute's problem. However, as I said, you have to be fair to the players. We have a lot of players in that midfield area and if an opportnity does arise, and it's right for the football club, then we will let players move on."

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