Buzzing on Yahoo:

Eberl: Holtby may struggle in the Premier League
Eberl: Holtby may struggle in the Premier League

View photo

Eberl: Holtby may struggle in the Premier League
Tottenham-bound Lewis Holtby could struggle to come to terms with the physical nature of English football, according to Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl.

The north London outfit beat off interest from domestic rivals Arsenal and Liverpool to seal a deal which will see the 22-year-old move to White Hart Lane when his current contract at Schalke expires in the summer.

But Eberl, who takes charge of player development at Holtby's former club, has doubts over the Germany international's ability to cope with the increased physicality of life in the Premier League.

"Lewis Holtby is from our youth academy,” said Eberl. “We educated him since [he was] 15 years old then he went to Alemannia Aachen and the rest of the career is known. And now he decided to go to Tottenham. I think it's a big step for him. I hope he will play for Tottenham because it's a very good team. The Premier League, it's a very competitive league.

“So he decided to go this way and everybody will wait and see what happens. But he has technical quality, he has the football quality. But I think he needs physical quality too, in England, in the Premier League, and that will be the little question mark [over his ability]."

Holtby has made 17 appearances in the Bundesliga for his current side so far this season - scoring three times and making five assists.

Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter


Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NFL $350K Baller [$50K to 1st] 822/39773 $10 $350000 Sunday 1:00 PM Enter
NBA $15K Tournament [$2K to 1st] 17/3410 $5 $15000 Tomorrow 7:00 PM Enter
NHL $3K Tournament [$300 to 1st] 3/681 $5 $3000 Tomorrow 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (2)