Tottenham fans demonstrated their love of Lewis Holtby even if the Fulham manager wasn’t as enamoured with the German international midfield player.
On Monday evening at Ledley King’s testimonial game at White Hart Lane, the Tottenham fans showed their support for Lewis Holtby when singing,
Lewis Holtby, we want you to stay.
The midfielder who had just returned to Spurs after finishing the season on loan with Fulham, responded by clapping the crowd as he played on. Ben Pearce tweeted,
#thfc Spurs fans sing: "Lewis Holtby, we want you to stay". He applauds the crowd on the run.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) May 12, 2014
Tottenham fans have shown great support for Holtby who joined the club in January, 2013 from Schalke 04. They have appreciated his enthusiastic play and obvious love for the game which has been most evident when he has come off the bench and been able to have a major influence on the game. He demonstrated that at Craven Cottage when after coming on at half-time, Spurs made a late comeback as he scored the winning goal with a great strike.
Such performances saw Holtby win a number of the HotspurHQ ‘Spurs’ awards in the early part of the season but he was unable to claim a regular starting place under either Andre Villas-Boas or Tim Sherwood. The difficulty was that having impressed as a substitute or in the mid-week games in the Cup or Europa League, he wasn’t able to be as influential in the following weekend’s Premier League matches.
Many were disappointed when he went on loan to Fulham last January and there were times when the Spurs team could have done with his enthusiasm during some difficult games.
His manager at Fulham, Felix Magath, however, wasn’t as impressed with Holtby as many of the Tottenham fans appear to be. Last weekend, with Fulham already relegated, he was critical of Holtby’s contribution to the club’s failed battle for survival. In an article in the Sunday Express, Magath said that Holtby had been hailed as a would-be saviour when he joined in January but that he had failed to put up a fight when the going got tough.
Magath thought that the loan hadn’t been the right move for Holtby who had been hoping to break into the German World Cup squad. It didn’t work for him at Craven Cottage but Magath described Holtby,
Lewis is a very skilful and nice player, but he is not a fighter….
With Tim Sherwood who preferred Nabuil Bentaleb in his midfield, now departed, it will be another opportunity for Lewis Holtby to try an impress the incoming manager and stake a claim in Tottenham’s midfield.