Erik Lamela has arrived!

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

After his man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 victory vs FC Sheriff in the Europa League that secured Tottenham’s qualification to the last 32 of the Europa League, Erik Lamela has given Andre Villas-Boas a tough task for his selection of wingers in the Premier League.

Erik Lamela had a very influential first half by running at the opponents and having a couple of shots that were blocked well and it was his running at opponents that pulled the defenders out of their positions many times which allowed the space for Tottenham to get in behind as he, himself, proved as he slotted away the first goal of the night after finding himself in space when the ball dropped perfectly for him.

He also demonstrated his fine ball control when he ran past 3 players down the centre of the pitch and worked his Argentinian magic to just float past the defenders and win the penalty which Jermain Defoe smashed home with no doubts.

One thing I noticed that Erik Lamela was capable of in the games vs Hull in the Capital One Cup and FC Sheriff on Thursday night was that he is very good at finding pockets of space and his confident was growing as the matches went on and he was happy to pick the ball up in space, turn and drive at the opponents and despite Erik, himself, cancelling out any Gareth Bale comparisons I think that this is one factor of his game that he is similar to.

Since arriving at White Hart Lane, Erik Lamela has struggled to fight his way into the first team and this is mainly down to the form of Andros Townsend after putting in some brilliant performances for club and country. However, the last few weeks Tottenham have lacked creativity on the pitch and Erik Lamela could be just what Tottenham are lacking as he can bring dribbling and creativity to the final third for Tottenham.

Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela are completely different wingers as Townsend’s main attributes are pace, power and a lovely striker of the ball whereas Erik Lamela has skill, flair, creativity as well as pace and he can add goals to his game as he improves.

Personally, I think a perfect set up for Tottenham this weekend in the game vs Newcastle would be to award Erik Lamela his first Premier League start on the right hand side and put Andros Townsend on the lefthand side so that townsend can give the assistance in to the box with his sweet left foot and so that Erik Lamela can drive at his opponents and commit them to allow space for Kyle Walker to overlap and for the creative midfielder, likely to be Lewis Holtby, to have space to work into when Lamela opts to go wide.

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  1. Great idea with the set up for Newcastle, but I think Townsend’s understanding with Walker on the right hand side will be the factor that will see Andros starting on the right. But I really hope to see Lamela on the left anyway! Can’t wait for the Newcastle game!

  2. Absolutely agree. Lamela should be given a start tomorrow on the left and see how Townsend will do in the left. I’ve said that Soldado is struggling because of Andros being too selfish. There must be several crosses into the box and Soldado will convert at least two per game. I believe that soon rather than later AVB will realize this and Spurs will start scoring goals for fun. COYS

  3. We SHOULD all be excited about the qualities and options Lamela can provide for the team/squad, going forward. But it is important that we all remain patient with the kid, and do NOT get too carried away with his MUCH improved showing against Sheriff.

    The EPL is a different kettle of fish ENTIRELY, and although I am in support of giving the young Argentinian more game time in the league, perhaps even as a no10, talk of him replacing the OUTSTANDING Townsend is extremely premature.

    Yes Erik showed promising signs with his display yesterday, but we should remember that's all he did…show promise.
    There is so MUCH more to come from him.

  4. Get him out there and give him a go and youll find soldado will be more comfortable and score goals, and paulinho will show his worth aswell. Hows this spurs flog newcastle and arseholes lose lose to man u…cmon spurs!!!!!!

  5. It was a good confidence-boosting display but I still wouldn't throw him in at the start of the Newc'stle game – that would be likely to damage his confidence, and we cannot afford to be losing posession that much in the first half of the game. Give him 30 minutes when opposition legs have tired a little, but also tell Townsend beforehand that he has about an hour to run himself into the ground.
    Whether we play this or that player (Townsend/Lamela, Holtby/ Eriksen, Soldado/Defoe) shouldn't be affecting our overall performance. They should all be fulfilling their duties in the relevant positions as well as each adding something a little different.


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