In Focus: Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Finally, after putting an end to Tottenham’s losing streak, we bring back our In Focus feature to have a look at one of Spurs’ top performers.

It wasn’t quite Tottenham’s best game today, but they came on leaps and bounds from the horror shows against Watford and Liverpool the last couple of times out.

Despite not starting the match, one man who made a huge difference was Erik Lamela. I was in two minds about doing a piece on Danny Rose’s superb Man of the Match performance at left back, which shouldn’t go un-noticed, but in In Focus on Lamela has been a long time coming.

Erik entered the game with Spurs 1-0 up but struggling under Brighton pressure, with the home side looking the most likely to score next.

With 15 minutes left to play, Lamela showed why Pochettino has such faith in him from the bench, as he beautifully caressed home Danny Rose’s cross from the left channel.

Lamela chose not to whack the paint off the ball, or take off the back of the net, but simply guided it home into the bottom corner, out of the reach of Ryan.

The Argentinian had actually created the break away too, as he dropped the shoulder and turned on the half way line, spreading the ball wide to Moura, who in turn laid it off to the assisting Rose.

Before and after the goal, Lamela was a constant threat in between the lines for Tottenham, connecting up the play between defence and attack with ease.

Despite comments from Dion Dublin today saying that Tottenham have no competition for places within the team, Lamela proved this to be complete fabrication.

The winger has now scored 4 and assisted one in his last 4 Premier League appearances. This is already impressive before you realise that in those games he has only played 98 minutes!

What Lamela does is provide a game changer on the bench, in a forward sense for Tottenham. And even if Poch does start the attacker, one of Moura, Son or Eriksen would drop to the bench to take his place as the ideal impact sub.

What a game from Erik today.

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  1. Last 3 Tottenham goals from open play all came from Lamela either scoring or assisting. His brilliant goal against Liverpool was the best thing we did all match. His jump into the air to put it onto eriksens foot at milan was equally impressive and today again he scored. Not forgetting of course his hat trick on the final day of the season against Leicester. Lamela is here.

    Also have to mention how good Gazzanigga was today compared to Vorm in the last 3 games, Ifelt so much more at ease knowing he was in goal and although he could probably have done better for their goal it was a really good performance where Vorm would have let in 2 or 3.

  2. My boy Lamela!!!! So many put him down and say to get rid of him, but I never did. He brings so much energy to the game. He looks to make something happen. Most of the others just seem to stand around and wait for the ball to be kicked to them. After his surgery I knew it would take a bit for him to get back into the swing of things. I never gave up on him. He is so dedicated to the team. Give em hell Lamela. Some of us never gave up on you.


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