Search

Inside Lane: Sorrow for Spurs fans as Sandro and Lewis Holtby depart

12:16 03 September 2014

Sandro

Sandro

EMPICS Sport

Tottenham blogger George Lacey discusses the departures of fans’ favourites Sandro and Lewis Holtby.

Lewis HoltbyLewis Holtby

Sandro’s captivating Tottenham career came to a premature end on Monday night as the fans’ favourite left Spurs for QPR in a shock deadline-day move, linking up with the man that brought him to north London in 2010 – Harry Redknapp.

The bizarrely brilliant Brazilian first made his way into Spurs supporters’ hearts after an excellent display anchoring the midfield during the historic 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro in the Champions League last-16 clash in 2011.

Since then, the tough-tackling midfield man has developed into a hugely popular figure with his battering ram displays in the centre of the field.

Spurs fans adopted a new name for their hero, calling Sandro ‘Beast’ after his eccentric personality led him to practising Kung Fu in the Spurs dressing room in a video that went viral on social media.

Among other outrageous and amusing antics, Sandro has also been seen playing the guitar and singing for his team-mates during his four years at the club.

Unfortunately, a terrible knee injury sustained against his new club QPR cut short his 2012/13 campaign, and he returned to the set-up last season in what turned out to be a forgettable year for everyone associated with the club.

Meanwhile, Lewis Holtby also left Spurs on deadline day, departing for a second loan spell – this time to Hamburg back in his homeland.

The German often impressed in Europa League games, where he often got more game time than in the Premier League, and he delivered the goods.

Similarly to Sandro, his endeavour and commitment to the club was always evident when he played for the Lilywhites, with the German offering wholehearted displays whenever he crossed that white line.

In Sandro and Holtby, Tottenham have arguably released two of the most committed members of the squad. Having also sold captain Michael Dawson, do we now lack leadership? It was evident during Sunday’s poor defeat to Liverpool that Spurs lacked characters who could haul them back from the brink.

The German does need to be playing regularly so hopefully this loan deal can keep the cheeky chappy smiling and enjoying his football again.

With that said, by selling Gylfi Sigurdsson to Swansea, Christian Eriksen remains Spurs’ only natural No10 and I feel letting Holtby leave on loan leaves Spurs short of quality in the final third.

However, while the sale of loveable characters such as Sandro and Holtby may have left a hole in Spurs fans’ hearts, Pochettino has signalled his intent to stamp his own mark on his squad and a new dawn has well and truly begun.

Follow me on Twitter @GeorgeLacey_

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Tottenham Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Tottenham Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Tottenham Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Tottenham Sports News

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Eric Dier seemed to have something to get off his chest when he emerged to reflect on Sunday’s draw at the Emirates, having noticed a prevailing sense of negativity in the build-up to the derby.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Defender Leah Rawle says Spurs Ladies showed their resilience and character on Sunday as they halted Gillingham’s comeback and continued their defence of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Haringey’s three-match winning run was ended by Herts/Middlesex Division Two newcomers Cuffley on Saturday, with the Rhinos giving their hosts too much of a head start before launching their second-half comeback.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Harry Kane feels he has benefited from his seven-week break after returning from injury and scoring Tottenham’s equaliser at Arsenal in the north London derby.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

Competitions

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?