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  • not_blonde_really not_blonde_really Jan 29, 2013 21:00 Flag

    Holtby to come this week!

    I can't help but be concerned that he's going to have a whole lot of pressure/faith put on his shoulders to instantly come in and immediately adapt and make a massive difference. He's still young and it takes time to bed into a new team, particularly one which is only beginning to settle into a new management style. I just hope he's not seen as some sort of saviour for us, and he's ready to take the strain.

    I've not seen much of him yet, so this might all be unfounded - perhaps he thrives off pressure and is as good as he sounds!

    In fact... I've just seen an Independent article with the headline "Lewis Holtby's early arrival will emphatically strengthen Tottenham's Champions League hopes", which refers to his 'talismanic display' a week or two... certainly can't hurt to get one of them in the team ;-)

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    • I would imagine that being under 21 captain and also already played 3 times for the full German team he can cope with pressure. I hope so anyhow!!

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      • Sorry for tangent (again), but our team tonight is: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey & Defoe

        Would you say that's our first 11? I think I would. The question mark for me is over that link-up players - I.e. I'd say they're all first choice except maybe Dempsey, which is the sort of position that Holtby's likely to be filling isn't it? Interesting...

      • Sorry for tangent (again), but our team tonight is: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Dembele, Parker, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey & Defoe

        Would you say that's our first 11? I think I would. The question mark for me is over that link-up players - I.e. I'd say they're all first choice except maybe Dempsey, which is the sort of position that Holtby's likely to be filling isn't it? Interesting...

    • I'm not sure what message his arrival sends out.

      OK we lost Modric and VDV (Pienarr, Krancjar, Dos Santos) and brought in Dempsey, Glyphy and Dembele. So is Holtby a replacement for one of the replacements or a squad type player to fill the void left by the 'lesser' players going?

      I've not seen the man play or know much about him at all, so where does he fit with:
      Parker
      Sandro
      Dembele
      Glyphy
      Bale
      Lemmon
      Dempsey
      T'Hudd
      Livermore
      (Carroll)

      ...especially more so now, given that AVB seems to have moved onto playing Daffy/Ade together more, so reducing the MF'ish spaces by 1. Bale/Lemmon look like 'fixtures' this season (so far), so that leaves two slots and 8 players?

      Be interesting to see where (if) he plays tonight and which players leave/go on loan this window.

    • I'm not sure what message his arrival sends out.

      OK we lost Modric and VDV (Pienarr, Krancjar, Dos Santos) and brought in Dempsey, Glyphy and Dembele. So is Holtby a replacement for one of the replacements or a squad type player to fill the void left by the 'lesser' players going?

      I've not seen the man play or know much about him at all, so where does he fit with:
      Parker
      Sandro
      Dembele
      Glyphy
      Bale
      Lemmon
      Dempsey
      T'Hudd
      Livermore
      (Carroll)

      ...especially more so now, given that AVB seems to have moved onto playing Daffy/Ade together more, so reducing the MF'ish spaces by 1. Bale/Lemmon look like 'fixtures' this season (so far), so that leaves two slots and 8 players?

      Be interesting to see where (if) he plays tonight and which players leave/go on loan this window.