Tottenham: Lewis Holtby Reportedly Coming to Spurs in January

Ryan Day@theryanedwardCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2013

PIRAEUS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 18:  Lewis Holtby of FC Schalke 04 in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Olympiacos FC and FC Schalke 04 at the Karaiskakis Stadium on September 18, 2012 in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Dimitri Messinis/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Tottenham is reportedly fast-tracking Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby for a January transfer instead of what was expected as a move this summer. has tweeted out that Holtby will be coming to White Hart Lane by the end of January—and North London couldn't be happier.

The current captain of the German U-21 national team has starred for the senior squad three times and (somehow) is scheduled to be out of contract with Schalke this summer. He's made 18 appearances for the Bundesliga this season, recording a team-high seven assists.

With a knack for creative dribbling and pinpoint crosses, Holtby will undoubtedly be called upon to fill the void created when Sandro collected a season-ending knee injury against Queens Park Rangers on January 12.

It's a fantastic move and the kind of blue-collar signing that new Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is becoming marked by. It's not high-priced superstars who are making their way to White Hart Lane, but rather young players who are in an upward trend in their personal development.

Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey, Hugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele—these aren't the pampered, self-centered prospects you see other English clubs jumping to sign. These are hard-working men who don't throw a tantrum at the first sign of being left out of the starting squad.

For Spurs fans who have seen their squads hit a slump coming into the second half of the season, Holtby is a breath of fresh air and the second wind Tottenham need to claim a place in next year's Champions League.