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'I'll let my feet do the talking'

"I could come out and say that I play like Ronaldinho but then go out there and perform like a Sunday League player!"

19 September 2019

Lewis Holtby has plenty of belief in his ability, and it's clear to see why when you look at the playmaker's CV.

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20 September 2019

Capped three times by Germany, Holtby's previous exploits read well.

He played in the Champions League for Schalke before taking in a couple of stints in the Premier League with both Tottenham Hotspur and then Fulham, before enjoying five years with Hamburg.

“I try to leave everything out on the pitch and would consider to be a box to box player," he told iFollow Rovers when asked to describe his playing style.

"I think I’m decent on the ball, but once again it’s up to me.

"I could come out and say that I play like Ronaldinho but then go out there and perform like a Sunday League player, no disrespect to Sunday League players!

“There are people with a lot of passion here, and now it’s my turn to let the feet talk, put the work in and show what I can do week in, week out.

“It’s my first day here and it’s about pushing myself and trying to link up as best as possible with my new team-mates.

“I’ve done a lot of work this summer and trained with a manager back in Germany. I want to learn more, want to be better and to be ready for this next challenge.

"I feel in good shape, so it’s just about getting to know everybody and getting ready for when the referee blows his whistle on a Saturday.

“I just want to play football again, train, experience the good and bad moments and help everyone. I hope my career never ends, and in this moment it’s fantastic to play for a historic club like Blackburn Rovers.

“I’m over the moon, I’m happy, and now it’s about getting down to work," he added.

“I think I’ve grown up slightly since my last spell in England. I’ve gained more experience and witnessed more things, both positive and negative.

“I think I can judge situations better and have a bit more calmness in things, but still have that drive.

"I want to win games and after the talks with the gaffer and his coaching staff, they’ve said that this club wants to conquer more, achieve more and win more."

So what was it like for the playmaker to meet Tony Mowbray?

“We spoke a lot about football, but now it’s about getting on the field and let the feet talk," Holtby revealed.

“The gaffer is very passionate and very honest, with a big heart. When he talks he means it. He loves football and loves talking about football.

“We had conversations about football and couldn’t stop. There came to a point where I had to catch my flight!

“This club wants to play football and the link up needs to be quick and needs to be smooth. We want to move up the table.

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