Holtby pushing for spot at 'strong' Spurs

Thursday 26th September 2013 10:49

Lewis Holtby: Has been excellent when called upon this season

Lewis Holtby: Has been excellent when called upon this season

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Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle has hailed the strength in depth at the club and is backing Lewis Holtby to start pushing for a regular start.

I didn't travel to Villa Park on Tuesday night, but by all accounts the performance was very good. What was especially pleasing was that the win was achieved with a number of players who haven't featured too much this season.

It's one thing to have numbers in depth, but what you actually need is a number of players who can come in and play with desire when called upon. Lewis Holtby has exemplified this in his recent appearences.

He's not currently in AVB's Premier League side, but in his cup appearences and his brief substitute cameo against Cardiff, Holtby has looked bright as a button. His attitude is exactly what's required if Spurs are to challenge on multiple fronts this season.

Although you wouldn't expect Holtby to dislodge Christian Eriksen at present, there's no reason why he couldn't challenge Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson for a place in the side for the crunch Premier League games. Sure, Holtby would rather play centrally behind Roberto Soldado, but he has the capacity to play wider.

With Sigurdsson looking more assured - and scoring goals - and Townsend looking direct and dangerous, it won't be easy for them to be dislodged, however. And then there's Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela.

Like I said earlier, to be competitive we need a squad full of players to show desire and to not mope if they're not playing in every game. There was the old Robbie Keane song - all we need is a team of Robbie Keanes - and although I'm not suggesting we'd be better with a team of Lewis Holtby's; if all our players who are not automatic choices display his current attitude throughout the season it would increase our chances of success.

By Nik Wardle, FanZone's Tottenham blogger. Don't forget to follow @FanZone!

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