Andre Villas-Boas has hailed the influence of midfield workhorse Lewis Holtby after another fine midweek outing.
The German international, signed last January from Schalke, has bounced back from an injury sustained while on duty for Germany’s Under-21s in the summer to play a key part in our recent exploits.
The 23-year-old has held down a starting spot for our recent UEFA Europa League and Capital One Cup games, and has been similarly influential when coming off the bench in the Premier League – playing his part in the build-up to Paulinho’s stoppage time winner at Cardiff last weekend.
Assistant Head Coach Steffen Freund labelled the dynamic playmaker as ‘king of the assists’ in the wake of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup win at Aston Villa – and Head Coach Andre concurs with Steffen’s assessment.
“He is showing the reasons we bought him,” said Andre. “It was a great deal for the Club when we bought him. (On Tuesday) he assisted once again for the strikers to score, just like at Cardiff when he came on and had quite the impact on the game.
“For a player who had no pre-season he is showing great commitment and good performances as well.”
Andre is taking a cautious approach to Saturday lunchtime’s London derby against Chelsea, although he insists the lads have renewed confidence going into the match in the wake of four consecutive wins in all competitions since the recent international break.
“At the moment it is going well for us which gives you confidence and motivation for the games ahead but Chelsea is a different proposition. It is a very difficult game and everything can change quickly.”