The news of an injury to Christian Eriksen on International Duty for Denmark reached Spurs fans on Friday, and left them pondering who will fill the number 10 position in his absence. The most popular and obvious choice to fill that position is our German midfielder Lewis Holtby.
However, I am apprehensive.
Since arriving from Schalke for £1.5million in January, Holtby has struggled to establish himself in the Spurs team but with Eriksen’s injury, now is his chance to justify the hype surrounding him when he first arrived. If we’re judging Holtby on his attitude alone then he is world class. When on the pitch he works his socks off for the team, and never gives up whilst also being happy to sit on the bench, and help the team whenever he is given the chance.
However it’s his ability at where question marks are raised. I’m struggling to think of a game against a decent opposition where Holtby has looked like the man to provide the creative spark for Spurs.
Granted he has had limited opportunities in the league, and has been played in a variety of positions and his versatility has raised even more question marks.
Holtby himself has said that he prefers to play in that number 6 role in the ilk of someone like Xavi, and going on his performances for Spurs so far this season it’s pretty clear Holtby much prefers to pick the ball up from the central defenders and create from deep.
This has caused problems for us when Holtby has been dispatched in the number 10 role as he has been too deep, and receiving the ball in area’s where he can’t hurt the opposition by feeding our attacking players. What’s strange is that he was deployed in the number 10 role for Schalke, and grabbed bags of assists, but since he has arrived at Spurs he has struggled to find his feet.However, with Eriksen now out injured, this is Holtby’s chance to shine.
If picked against City, it will be his chance to show what he can do against a top team, and not just anEuropa League opposition. With a good run in the team whilst Eriksen is out, I am confident Holtby can provide the creative spark we desperately need and hopefully get spurs scoring again.