I see our Evertonian mate, Lewis Holtby is once again being mentioned with our great club! According to SportingPreview.com we are the favourites to land him and I would love to have him in our squad.
I think he's a good fit, good footballer, unselfish, good engine!
I really think he would suit Roberto and I hope this latest rumour is true. What do the other Bluenoses reckon then?
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1 Posted 21/08/2014 at 02:24:28
2 Posted 21/08/2014 at 03:42:06
3 Posted 21/08/2014 at 04:08:50
4 Posted 21/08/2014 at 04:21:20
5 Posted 21/08/2014 at 04:44:17
6 Posted 21/08/2014 at 05:00:44
I think the problem is Spurs managerial merry-go-round means they'll be looking to move a lot of players on. If Pochettino doesn't want Holtby, they will try to extract 㾶m+ for a player signed in January 13 for ٟ.8m - he'd already agreed to join them on a Bosman so his club took what they could get for him then.
Like others I'm yet to be convinced he has what's needed for us. We could always try something radical - loan him with a pre-set price if we buy!
7 Posted 21/08/2014 at 06:09:46
I agree that there is a growing trend of Clubs like Spurs and Chelsea signing players as investments as much as anything. They buy either young or players near the ends of their contracts and then flog them on for more after either giving them modest playing time or loaning them out.
Steven Pienaar is a great example, but Lukaku, possibly Atsu in the fullness of time, and others like Ryan Bertrand and Lewis Holtby.
We actually did the same with Jermaine from Leeds as well although I think that was more luck than planning. I'll always have good memories of his goals fo us at Anfield and Stamford Bridge and that full length of the pitch run and goal versus Chelsea at Goodison! I also loved the way Ken Bates said we had stolen him from Leeds and then we infuriated him again by doing something similar with Luke Garbutt. Shut up Bates!!
Perhaps if we had given some game time to Mustafi and Dier we would have reaped similar rewards?
8 Posted 21/08/2014 at 07:27:06
9 Posted 21/08/2014 at 07:35:42
Also, he chose to join Tottenham ahead of interest from Everton. Whilst not knowing how serious we were or what we did about it, it kind of gives the lie to the 'boyhood blue' stuff.
10 Posted 21/08/2014 at 07:41:30
Do we have a bid to sign Clement Chantome?
11 Posted 21/08/2014 at 09:52:34
Anyhow, I think it will be TottenhamÂs loss if they sell him in the summer. Holtby will fit pretty well with Everton. Robert Martinez knows how to handle young players. If Everton do bring him, you will see the difference.
12 Posted 21/08/2014 at 10:05:37
I recall the Fulham game away last season, in which we won, but at times struggled he was excellent throughout.
Also Mike (#9) I refute the implication that because he canÂt get into a Tottenham team that finished below us, heÂs not a good player or worthy of a place in the Everton team/squad. Kagawa couldnÂt get into a United team that finished below us, neither could Hernandez, does that automatically make them bad players? Okay, perhaps playing devilÂs advocate there but just because a player doesnÂt start for a team below us, doesnÂt mean he can’t thrive at Everton and under Martinez.
13 Posted 21/08/2014 at 10:40:27
I think they do it because they know they can't tell which players are going to come good so they buy a bunch of them and hope they become good players. The really good ones join the first team squad and the rest they sell off and try and re-coup what they can, but I don't think anyone makes money from doing this as an end in itself. The benefit is in getting and keeping a top player.
14 Posted 21/08/2014 at 11:14:57
Colin Glassar (on Main Story board last night re Martinez recruits)
87 Posted 20/08/2014 at 18:46:03
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Holtby is being mentioned.
So, could be some truth in it
15 Posted 21/08/2014 at 11:59:20
Re turning us down for them. Whilst at Schalke he gave a few interviews stating his alliance to us. I don't think we ever really went in for him to be fair.
16 Posted 21/08/2014 at 12:10:30
A nasty little twat in midfield, we haven't had that since......ermmm... Cahill
17 Posted 21/08/2014 at 12:10:24
18 Posted 21/08/2014 at 13:20:02
Swansea are getting Stambouli for ٣M which is incredible value.
19 Posted 21/08/2014 at 13:00:52
Also in this case I think Karl is right, Levy saw an opportunity, an international player going cheap, he either makes it at spurs or gets sold for a big fee, Levy is happy either way.
20 Posted 21/08/2014 at 13:43:39
For me, that is Holtby. Star man for German U21s, magic left foot, great movement, non-stop, wants to win and can both shoot and create. Laid on all 3 Spurs goals in their last pre-season friendly. He gets omitted because he is not a big powerhouse. So what. I'd have him tomorrow.
21 Posted 21/08/2014 at 14:24:10
Somehow don't think Roberto is as keen..?
22 Posted 21/08/2014 at 15:31:00
23 Posted 21/08/2014 at 15:54:31
24 Posted 21/08/2014 at 15:49:16
25 Posted 21/08/2014 at 16:25:42
26 Posted 21/08/2014 at 16:31:40
Truthfully though we are still too short on numbers, in the striking area especially.
I know I keep harping on about this but all I am hearing is LFC signing anything that moves and we have only added 1 additional player in Besic.
If the money is being earmarked for a new stadium fans should be told and then we would know that at least there is along term view!
27 Posted 21/08/2014 at 16:53:20
28 Posted 21/08/2014 at 19:02:57
DonÂt worry Linda just settle down, get comfy, and enjoy the soap opera that will be Liverpool FC this season. It will be a merry-go-round quite literally as Brenda struggles to remember who everyone is and where they play and will Bollocktelli itÂs out of the frying pan and into the fire. You would have thought getting rid of the racist cheat that they would have learned their lesson.
So, get comfy, enjoy our season coz it will be a lot better than some say - there will be incoming before September-3 - and have a lard at the soap opera across the park.
ItÂs like the royal family except that we donÂt have to pay for this particular implosion!
29 Posted 21/08/2014 at 19:08:40
Chris Holtby - are you on here? Do you have any influence over that kid of yours? Pick the phone up and tell him you will make his father the proudest man on earth.
30 Posted 21/08/2014 at 19:51:10
31 Posted 21/08/2014 at 19:59:43
32 Posted 21/08/2014 at 20:05:07
33 Posted 22/08/2014 at 10:03:25
On a general note, they were only three points behind us last season and I expect it to be similarly close this time around.
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