Tottenham may have missed out on Leandro Damiao, but they did succeed in expediting Lewis Holtby's transfer from Schalke. In Holtby, Tottenham receive a young, talented, creative midfielder. Having become an integral part of the German Under 21 team, Holtby was courted by Tottenham and was set to arrive on a free transfer in the summer. With the season ending injury to central midfielder Sandro, Tottenham decided to pay Schalke their asking price to get the young German international to White Hart Lane.
Holtby signed a four and a half year contract with Spurs in the January transfer window.
Holtby doesn't have the most flashy career stats from his time at Schalke (13 goals in 78 appearances), but his vision and technical ability on the ball make him a force in the middle of the pitch. In Holtby Villas-Boas gets exactly the type of player he needs to pair Gareth Bale with to build a Champions League contending side with, a young, talented playmaker.
Will Tottenham find a silver lining in Holtby after the failure to bring in Damiao?