Tottenham Transfer News: Lewis Holtby Eyeing Move to Schalke

Tom EdeContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12:  Lewis Holtby of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring their third goal during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and FC Anji Makhachkala at White Hart Lane on December 12, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Lewis Holtby could be on the verge of a return to Schalke just one year after leaving the German side for Tottenham Hotspur.

German daily Bild reports, via Talksport, that Holtby's agent Marcus Noack believes it would be an interesting move for the German midfielder as he bids to secure a World Cup place:

“Lewis is desperate to play, which is why we are looking intensively for solutions,” Noack said. “Schalke is an interesting option.”

Holtby has made just 10 league starts and scored one goal for Spurs in all competitions since joining, while in his time with Schalke he scored 10 goals in 44 starts, per Soccerbase.

Holtby has not featured for Spurs since a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Boxing Day, and Goal UK feels he could become part of a January clear-out by new Spurs boss Tim Sherwood:

Competition is rife for a place in Spurs' midfield with Moussa Dembele, Aaron Lennon, Christian Eriksen, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli all preferred to the youngster in recent weeks.

Holtby made three appearances, scoring one goal at last summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championships, and first-team football is a must if he wishes to break into the senior squad.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich is pursued by Lewis Holtby of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion on December 26 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens
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Right now, he cannot compete alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, to name but a few in the full German national setup.

Several players have returned home in recent years, so Holtby should feel no shame if he returns to the Bundesliga.

Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal on loan in 2012, firing the winning goal against Leeds United in the FA Cup on his return. Shinji Kagawa is another who may need the comforts of the Bundesliga to rediscover his best form.

Sometimes it is good to return from whence you came. And maybe that is what Holtby needs to revive a promising young career.