Lewis Holtby is a very solid player and it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if no other player has run further for the club in the last couple of matches.
However, his performance against West Ham United last night was perhaps a sign that he may be trying a little too hard, maybe trying to do too much for his new club.
Holtby really gets about the football pitch, helping out the defence, sticking his foot in and trying to get involved in the creative attacking player.
That all requires effort and when he was taken off last night for Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andre Villas-Boas made the change because Sigurdsson gave the side a more focused and forward drive.
There is nothing wrong with the way Holtby plays and the fact he darts around all over the pitch is actually quite similar to the way Scott Parker still plays, despite his older age.
It’s very important the German doesn’t try and do too much because if he does, there could be further repeats of the exact same thing that happened last night.
He doesn’t have to change the way he plays, just make more centralised and focused decisions instead of trying to be that kid in the park who has to take every shot, make every pass and take every throw in.
He looked a little confused and slightly annoyed when his number was held up after 56 minutes but the chance was one that Spurs needed to make.
Sigurdsson came on to simply add to the creative and attacking side of the game, he had a focus and a position he wanted to maintain on the pitch and it was a gamble from AVB which paid off.
Sigurdsson managed to scramble in a goal which could easily have been scored by Holtby but then again the German’s focus could just as much have been somewhere else on the pitch
Holtby can be the number one play maker in the side because his passing and his vision is superb but he can’t also be the number one holding player, the number one left midfielder and the number one support striker.
His game will mature the more he plays Premier League football and gradually he’ll become more disciplined and more effective. He’s only 22-years-old and is already looking like he’ll be a Spurs star of the future.
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