Rafael van der Vaart expects Lewis Holtby impact

Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart is confident that loan signing Lewis Holtby will be a success at the club this season.

Hamburger SV captain Rafael van der Vaart has claimed that loan signing Lewis Holtby will boost the team this season.

Holtby, 23, recently joined the Bundesliga club from Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the current campaign.

The German international's deal also includes the option to make the move permanent next summer.

"Lewis Holtby is a really good player. We need players like him," Van der Vaart is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. "He is technically good but also good at tackling. I feel that Hotlby will be an important player for Hamburg this season."

Holtby joined Tottenham from Schalke 04 in January 2013.

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Lewis Holtby of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the UEFA Europa League play-off second leg between Tottenham Hotspur and Dinamo Tbilisi at White Hart Lane on August 29, 2013
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