Search

Spurs assistant believes Tottenham and Arsenal target will succeed in England

15:12 04 January 2013

Steffen Freund, Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Steffen Freund, Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lewis Holtby would have no trouble adapting to life in the Premier League, according to Tottenham assistant manager Steffen Freund.

Holtby, a full Germany international and current captain of the Under-21 side, has announced that he will leave Schalke in the summer and it is thought the midfielder would favour a move to England, where his father Chris grew up in Liverpool.

Tottenham and Arsenal are both understood to have watched the player and recent reports suggest Spurs are in pole position to sign Holtby when his contract expires.

Freund has not coached Holtby directly, but he is well aware of the midfielder’s talents from his days as a youth coach with the German national side.

Although Freund was reluctant to speak too much about the player given that Spurs have been linked with him, the coach did concede the midfielder is well cut out for English football.

“For Lewis it will not be a problem,” Freund said. “He is half-English, he loves the Premier League.

“He is captain of the Under-21s for Germany, he will lead the team at the European Championship in Israel.

“He is out of contract... I don’t have to say any more!

“I worked for under-16s and under-17s for the last three years, that is why I don’t know him really well but what I can say is that he is a really good player.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 17:49
Belsize Park captain Tom House scored his side's first try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Ben Parker scored Belsize Park’s fourth try with the last play of the game as the hosts secured a bonus point in a 28-10 victory against Wasps, which took them up into second place in London North-West Division Three.

Yesterday, 16:53
Dan Dimoline's second conversion hit the post as Hampstead unfortunately missed the chance to go ahead in the second half. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead missed out on a fourth consecutive league win and a place in the top four after a poor first-half display condemned them to an 18-15 home defeat against Hammersmith & Fulham in London North-West Division Two.

Yesterday, 16:07
Laurent Stephenson (centre) scored UCS Old Boys' opening try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys overcame basement boys Old Streetonians 24-14 to earn their first away win of the season and jump two places up the table in London North-West Division Three.

Yesterday, 11:59
The Ham&High's Wingate & Finchley blogger Simon Swingler

The Ham&High’s Wingate & Finchley blogger Simon Swingler looks back on Saturday’s trip to Suffolk and the 2-0 defeat away against promotion challengers Leiston.

Most read sport

Fears over growing extremist threat that is expected to continue for several years.

Once inside, one man held a seven-inch kitchen knife to a victim’s throat while another threatened a second victim with a knife.

His lawyers want the case against him in South Africa dropped.

It’s that time of year again, who do you think should win the Sports Personality of the Year award?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition