The January signing from Schalke is used to playing in a more advanced role for his previous club, and in Germany's Under-21 side, but he is willing to play in a far deeper role for Andre Villas-Boas' side if it means a regular run out.
The Germany Under-21 captain is looking to impress enough for Spurs so that he can break into the full Germany national side ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil.
"In the summer, with my first pre-season and hopefully the tailwind of a successful Under-21 European Championship, I want to win a place on the [Spurs] team," he told kicker.
"I am under contract until 2018. I have trust in myself and will establish myself there. And if I show what I am capable of in the top level, I have good chances for the Germany senior team.
"I can play various positions," he continued. "I believe the number six is the position for my future. Between six and 10, I feel best in central midfield."