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‘I felt the energy there’ – 32-year-old midfielder wishes he never left Spurs so quickly now

Lewis Holtby was sold by Tottenham during Mauricio Pochettino’s reign and has spoken about his exit from the club, writes the TBR.

Holtby moved to Hamburg after an initial loan move and has spoken to the Athletic about his departure from north London.

He is now 32 and turning out for Holstein Kiel in the German second tier after spells with Fulham and Blackburn in England too.

He said: “Tottenham are a massive club. I felt the energy there and I think the fans felt my energy.

“I wished I was a different age or had a different mindset at that time because I was maybe too naive and inexperienced in that period.

“I should have been more patient. I had top-class midfielders around me so game time was always spread but I had the wrong thinking… I always thought I should play or start every game.

“Sometimes it’s about patience, learning from others, getting game-time and then learning.”

Pochettino came in at a time when Spurs had a squad assembled by a host of different managers and needed a clear out and a defined identity.

Holtby could potentially have fitted into that and it seems he was determined to go somewhere where he would play every week.

Perhaps if he was more patient and accepted his role in the squad, he could have had a longer career at Spurs, but he also said elsewhere in the interview that he has no regrets and his career has still panned out okay.