The January transfer window closed leaving many Tottenham fans feeling as if they had indeed just stepped off what Andrè Villas-Boas referred to today as a roller-coaster fueled by ‘opinion-making & media expectations.’ AVB may not lean out of car windows every half hour, but neither does he pull any punches on behalf of the club.
The addition of Lewis Holtby was clearly one that appealed to the Spurs boss. He had nothing but praise for the ex-Shalke 04 man and rightly praised what was a creditable debut at Carrow Road against Norwich City.
Lewis Holtby’s impact on the game was also well received by fans, yet as with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Villas-Boas clearly wishes to make sure the player is ‘in the right place’ and does not wish to overwhelm him.
When asked if Holtby would start against West Brom, Andrè wouldn’t be drawn. When one considers how good Hugo Lloris has turned out to be, it is perhaps difficult to become impatient with the Tottenham coach’s methodology. Fourth at the beginning of January is a difficult situation to ‘overlook.’
The Moutinho deal was revealed as never evening having been revisited this time around. Judging by the tone of ABV, a second move for Leandro Damiao won’t be made again anytime soon!