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Holtby's brought a spark to the place

The boss has heaped plenty of praise on the German for his impact both on and off the pitch

21 October 2019

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Tony Mowbray has hailed the influence of German playmaker Lewis Holtby both on and off the pitch.

The former Tottenham Hotspur schemer scored one and assisted the other in the 2-2 draw against Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park at the weekend.

The 29-year-old arrived on a free transfer last month and has settled into life in East Lancashire straight away after returning to England from his homeland.

After Holdby bagged his first goal in his first Rovers start, Mowbray believes the number 22 will only get better with every game following his eye-catching display against Danny Cowley's Terriers.

“He’s got a wonderful personality, he’s always bouncy, he’s always happy," the boss revealed after the game.

“He’s integrated amazingly well into the group because he is a giving person.

“He works really hard, he’s got lovely technique, he wants to listen and continue to learn.

“So we’re delighted he’s here. It’s great that he can get in the box and score a goal for us.

“I think he’ll help create goals as well as score goals, but he does have to get used to the English tempo. That’s why we took him off late on.

“You can’t expect him to play at full throttle for 90 minutes when he’s been playing in a Hamburg team in Germany, where they generally dominate the ball and he’s not had to do as much running as he’s being asked to do here," he added.

“He’ll grow into the team, I’m sure. And let’s try and enjoy him.”

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