Lewis Holtby has been speaking about English football and his adjustment to Premier League life, describing it as 'brutally tough'.The German has made two substitute appearances for Spurs so far. He thanked the fans for singing his name at the Hawthorns yesterday and said: "It's no place for the faint-hearted, and the referees don't blow the whistle as often," he added. "The game is brutally hard, but that suits me and I really love it."
Deadline day striker target Leandro Damiao has said he has little regret over the move which wasn't, re-affirming he is happy in Brazil with Internacional. "I certainly thank Tottenham [for their interest], they are a big club in Europe, but my focus is on Inter.I hope to help Inter for a long time, I have a long contract and I am very happy and focused." Andre Villas-Boas blamed the complicated third party ownership issue for the move breaking down.
Emmanuel Adebayor is set to return to Tottenham after Togo losing to Burkina Faso in the African Nations Cup, and has hit out at his national team coach. The outspoken forward said: "The coach was not a help! Me, I was on the pitch, so I couldn’t do both jobs (coaching and playing). I tried to do my best, but it’s true he didn’t help us.” Despite their disappointing exit, the striker says he is keen to play on for his country in the future.
His return is perfectly timed with Jermain Defoe out injured. Defoe will miss three weeks, but any overrun on that timescale could see him miss the North London Derby against Arsenal on March 2.
We have plenty of Tottenham related articles on HITC Sport today. These include a look at four of the club's more talented youngsters who have been loaned out, and the benefits their spells can bring for the club. One of them is Alex Pritchard who has ended doubts over his future by signing a new deal at the club.
Another loanee not included in that list is Heurelho Gomes, who has made a big impression at Hoffenheim. Gomes helped his side to a win, and is presently keeping club captain Tim Wiese out of the team, amid much controversy in Germany,
There is a also a look at Andre Villas-Boas deciding to block Reading's bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson, with five reasons why the manager was correct in standing firm.
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