‘We Are Prepared to Speak to Them’ | Schalke Give Green Light on Holtby

A weekend which sees progress into the 4th round of the Cup, a legitimate German Wünderkid join for next to zip and- much to the fnar-fnar-quacking of Spurs fans- a public dressing down by Alex Ferguson which can be summarised as The Nasty Chairman Stole My Pudding– I’d wager was a rather good one. Not bad at all, in fact.

And the piping hot German talent in question is one Lewis Holtby. A classic number 10 (9 ½ 8 ¾) swamped with absurd amounts of technical ability and potential. He’s been one of Shalke’s star performers this year and it’s widely viewed that the 22-year old single-handedly dragged Germany to the U21 Euros. So far, so groovy.

But now there’s more.

Being an impatient sort, it did seem a bit of a shame that we’d have to wait until July to see the kid in home colours and later still to the time he actually put his welly through the old latex bag. Now it appears the day could come much sooner. Here’s what noise Schalke’s managing director, Horst Heldt, made with his mouth hole:

“If Tottenham ask for Holtby in the January window, we will talk to them about it. Nothing has happened yet, but, from our point of view, we are prepared to speak to them.”

“It would have to be done quickly, because we would have to find a replacement for him.”

The snag in that particular plan, of course, is the idea that Daniel Levy could hammer out a deal quickly. Somehow I doubt Mr. Heldt’s idea of haste is twelve seconds before the window closes. But we’ll see.


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6 Responses to ‘We Are Prepared to Speak to Them’ | Schalke Give Green Light on Holtby

  1. avatar Longwell says:

    Seems like this should be a decision left to Villas-Boas. Does he think Holtby can be integrated into the side straight away and potentially have the sort of impact that would make the difference between qualifying for the Champions League or not? If yes, the very modest fee being mooted would be more than worth it. If not, see you in July.

    I tend to lead toward getting him in now if it really will only cost a couple million. The experience he’ll get in the Bundesliga and Champions League (Schalke have a very reasonable path to the quarters – through Galatasaray) will be good…*if* Keller plays him and doesn’t bury him on the bench now that it’s certain he’s off soon. But it might be worth it to get him here and let him start learning AVB’s methods and getting acquainted with his new teammates. Sigurdsson and Dempsey look to be rounding into form at last, so Holtby’s not explicitly needed right now, but we’re always only an injury or two away from needing a creative presence in midfield. I’d pull the trigger now. It’s not my money, though.

    • avatar seattlespursguy says:

      I second this. Add in the fact Ade looks off to the ACN. Holtby is no striker, but I get the feeling AVBs system is just as happy with JD or Deuce up front, so an extra ‘hole’ player could be useful.

  2. avatar Longwell says:

    So it’s been confirmed we’ll be sans Fast Eddie Bayor for the next little while. Splendid. Or not.

    I feel he’ll be missed. Even when he’s not scoring, his ability to help us keep the ball higher up the pitch is of immense dimensional value to AVB’s preferred style of play. Here’s hoping Ade bangs ’em in for fun during the group stage but Togo lose every game 5-3 or something like that. Hurry back, big fella.

    Naturally, the screeching that we must sign a striker ANY STRIKER! has begun. Or gotten substantially louder, at least. It would be awfully nice to have someone who’s a bit less selfish than Defoe and a bit more clinical than Ade around. What we need to avoid is making a panic buy. Ade’s probably only going to miss two or three games unless Togo really catch fire (they qualified by the skin of their teeth and have a tough group), so there’s little sense in bringing in a striker who doesn’t fit AVB’s longer-term plans and lumbering the wage bill with another body just because.

    Llorente is a non-starter for me. About to turn 28, expensive, out of form. Not a recipe for Levy breaking our record transfer fee. If the chairman’s suddenly come down with an acute case of the sheikhs, my advice would be to spend that money elsewhere. Jovetic, Cavani, and many other unrealistic examples as well!

    Damiao is the (Yank) football. Internacional is Lucy. We’re poor old Charlie Brown. Let’s just move on already.

    Loic Remy is the right man for the job, in my view. He’s just turned 26. His price tag is right around the upper limit of what Levy’s shown he’s willing to pay. He’s versatile; quick enough to play as a wide forward and physical enough to play in the center. He’s also been well out of favor this season, with Jordan Ayew getting the bulk of the starts as Marseille’s lone striker. That could be bad, but I find it encouraging that Newcastle has been all over Remy. Yeah, yeah – they stink this season. But let’s not forget this is the same scouting team that’s brought Tiote, Cabeye, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, and now Debuchy to the Premier League. They appear to have something of a clue when it comes to this whole Ligue 1 deal.

    • avatar seattlespursguy says:

      I’m a bit cheesed off at Ade FlipFlop back to the ACN, but as you say we can cope. If he leaves after the QPR game I’d be tempted to start him as the lone striker along with Sig. Give Dempsey and Defoe a rest as they will be used hard to cover Ade being gone.

  3. avatar seattlespursguy says:

    I read Sevilla is looking to flog Negredo. I still think that deal would be more than Levy would spend.

    A lower cost option might be Carlos Bacca. Columbian player with 20 goals in 27 games for Club Brugges. Looks like a finisher.


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