According to the Daily Star, Leicester City may be about to join Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace in the fight for Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby.
The German endured another tough season, having to play second fiddle at Spurs before moving on loan to eventually-relegated Fulham.
He arrived in English football from Schalke in January 2013 with high expectations, but with more-established talent blocking his path, he has tended to play a supporting role. A switch to another Premier League club might be just the change he needs to reinvigorate his career. At only 23 years of age, he still has plenty of time to complete his development.
LEWIS HOLTBY – THE STATS
So how has he performed in the Premier League so far:
His contribution in the final third has been a bit disappointing to say the least. For someone with his ability to find the net from distance, you would expect to see a few more goals on his record.
When you see how those numbers relate to actual minutes played, however, it becomes clear that his appearances have been very fractured. In fact, he has only ever completed 90 minutes once for Spurs in a Premier League game.
He clearly has talent and his 24 goals and 14 assists for the German Under-21 team is a clear indication of what might happen when he reaches his full potential.
Maybe with a prolonged run of matches under his belt, we’ll see more regular highlights from him like these:
You can see why QPR, Leicester and Crystal Palace are said to be interested. If he can start producing performances regularly, then there aren’t many young players around who could match his ability to pick out slide-rule passes or to find the top corner of the net.
He needs to find a level of consistency and, in order to do that, he needs a run of games. All of the interested parties would probably be able to offer him plenty of playing time and he would add a touch of German class to any of them.
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