German midfielder expects instant first team action at White Hart Lane.
New Tottenham signing Lewis Holtby has warned Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas he has no intention of warming the Spurs bench, according to The Daily Mail.
The German midfielder recently agreed to move to Spurs on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer, but his current club Schalke are waiting to hear from the London club about whether they wish to take up the option of signing the player in the current transfer window for a fee of £1.6 million.
The attacking midfielder has made it clear that whenever he makes the move, he expects to have an instant impact.
Holtby rejected comparisons with his Germany national team colleague, former Werder Bremen star Marko Marin, now playing this trade at Chelsea.
‘I am not Marko Marin. I am Lewis Holtby. I know what I am capable of, and I am thinking very positively about what I can do for Tottenham.’
Tottenham manager Villas Boas has previously insisted new signings prove themselves before being given places in the first team.
Summer signing Hugo Lloris, who arrived highly-rated from French club Lyon, made clear his displeasure to Villas Boas about his initial role on the bench. At the start of the season, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was preferred though Lloris appears to have established himself in the side now.
It remains to be seen whether Villas Boas will adopt a similar approach with Holtby or whether the player will get his wish and go straight into the Tottenham starting XI.
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