New loan signing Lewis Holtby was full of enthusiasm when fulhamfc.com caught up with him on Friday afternoon.
The 23-year-old had earlier put pen to paper as he completed his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur, and he was clearly thrilled to have made the temporary switch across London.
“I’m very happy and I’m looking forward to playing some games,” Holtby said. “I’m happy to play for Fulham and I’ll try my best to help us stay up. I’m bringing a hunger to play football and win games. I want to play week in, week out to try and help the team with my abilities.
“I’ll do what I can to help us beat teams and keep us up and out of the bottom three and ensure that we have a good remainder of the season. I’ve had very good talks with the gaffer and it just felt right – it’s a nice place here. It feels absolutely right and I can’t wait to play.”
Holtby became René Meulensteen’s third signing following the arrivals of Clint Dempsey and William Kvist, while he was joined on Fulham’s books later in the day by Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, and he admitted he was impressed by what our Head Coach had to say.
“He told me about the way he wants to play and the way the Club is ticking and that really got me on board,” he explained. “From the first meeting when we spoke together, I just got the feeling that I should sign here and hopefully I can play some games and show my abilities. I can’t wait to show everyone at Fulham, and all the fans, what I can do.
“I know some of my teammates already; Sascha Riether and Ashkan Dejagah from the Bundesliga, and I know Scotty Parker and Clint Dempsey from my time at Spurs. All of the lads have really made it easy for me to settle in – they’re really good lads and the training session was really good as well on the pitch.”
The Germany international’s desire to swap UEFA Champions League chasing Tottenham for a relegation scrap with the Whites is testament to his character. Playing football matches is the most important thing to Holtby, and when asked if he’s confident his new side could avoid the drop, he stated: “Absolutely, I’m very surprised that this team is so close to the bottom of the table because there’s a lot of quality in the squad.
“And now we’ve got the new guys in as well, William and Mitroglou, so there’s even more quality coming into the team which is good for the squad as it gets us challenging each other for a spot in the team.
“I’m very positive that we can stay up because, like I said, from the first training session it’s clear that there’s so much quality here that I don’t think there’s any way this team could end up in the Championship.”