Date:Tuesday January 22 2013
After watching Lewis Holtby have an excellent game at the weekend, I am more excited than before about his signing. However is there really an urgent need to have him now?
As things stand, Holtby is a player who seems to have been used more for his attacking prowess and certainly his ability to link midfield and attack and supply that killer ball looked impressive last Friday, however his supposedly urgent need at WHL this month does surprise me a little and makes me wonder what is to become of Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson should he arrive?
In reality, it is probably fair that neither have that creative edge to dictate play and pick the lock of an organised defence, however both have looked good and certainly in the case of Dempsey, you would feel it harsh to see him back on the bench, but looking at the whole teams deficiencies, would the addition of Holtby playing off of a main striker make us a better unit?
That is perhaps a question that we wont know the answer too, until he arrives and gets a few games under his belt, but I do wonder if talk of the urgent need to sign him early is more about an inability to bring in another creative player such as Willian, as opposed to the loss of Sandro to our midfield? It seems clear to anyone that Holtby isn't a like for like replacement for our Brazilian, but perhaps he is better cover for Dembele, or even that they would offer a decent mix in the middle, with Mousa offering the steel and Lewis the more creative edge, either alongside to in the more advanced role, but again where does that leave the other two?
I know and accept that we are in a squad based era, but this signing, whether now or in the summer indicates that one of Sigurdsson, Dempsey or a more established player such as Bale will be departing in the summer. But if we are to lose someone in the summer, would we really need to spend money now for a player we will get for nothing in six months? Looking at the squad, I still feel we will be looking at another striker and also an additional play-maker, regardless of Holtby signing. Based on that and the number of attacking midfielders already at the club, I wonder where Holtby really fits in and who will have to make way for his arrival...
Date:Tuesday January 22 2013
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Decision Time For Dembele? (Thursday March 26 2015)
Back the Man in White! (Thursday March 26 2015)
Rose Out Of England Squad! (Thursday March 26 2015)
Zero Net Spend. (Wednesday March 25 2015)
Another Man`s Misfortune. (Tuesday March 24 2015)
Kevin Wimmer: Back Up or Back Bone? (Monday March 23 2015)
The Case For A Defence (Sunday March 22 2015)
The Tottenham Hotspur Walking Wounded Injury List (Friday March 20 2015)
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