Inside Lane: Sorrow for Spurs fans as Sandro and Lewis Holtby depart
12:16 03 September 2014
Tottenham blogger George Lacey discusses the departures of fans’ favourites Sandro and Lewis 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.
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