Early Deal for Holtby?
With Sandro potentially out for the season, rumours have resurfaced that Lewis Holtby's summer move could be brought forward.
I suppose if we also add that Emmanuel Adebayor is away at the ACoN for a few weeks, would adding Holtby to the squad six months early add anything to AVB's options? Personally I haven't really seem enough of Holtby over a 90 minute game to truly talk up his merits of joining now as opposed for the start of pre season, but with an already apparent shortage of creativity and currently two senior players down, is there a benefit of at least assign Lewis to the squad now to bolster numbers, but also get him settled with next season very much in mind.
Since his deal was confirmed, Holtby has been talked about being the creative spark, playing just off of the striker, but who also drops deeper to bolster the midfield that we currently lack, however it has crossed my mind that his long term Tottenham role could be a little deeper, perhaps as a third midfielder in the medium term or cover/competition for Mousa Dembele in the short term. As I have already written, we already have quality cover (though some disagree) to cover for Sandro, with Parker and Livermore, but what happens is we lose Dembele once again?
Agreeing a deal for Holtby now and paying a small fee, would probably be compensated by loaning or even selling Tom Huddlestone, though perhaps with that in mind, could we rule out Livermore moving instead. To a degree, this would allow AVB a reasonably balanced midfield, with Parker and Livermore or Huddlestone as defensive options and Dembele and Holtby as more creative. Add Tom Carroll as an extra man, and we are sufficiently covered, unless there are any other unforeseen injuries.
Like several other recent signings, Holtby appears to be pretty versatile in that he seems comfortable playing off of a striker or on the left, whilst playing deeper, also seems to be a role that interests him and perhaps AVB as well.