Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela is a strange one. More often than not, he is out injured for large spells of the season, but it’s his spells on the pitch the baffle me.
Lamela has actually come up with the goods in both games so far this season, winning back the ball to set up a goal against Villa, before scoring and assisting against Man City.
However, despite his decent end product on these occasions, I do think there is plenty lacking in his game.
I feel as if the Argentine has good moments in a match, rather than good matches. For example, I would not say that he had a particularly good game against Man City over the course of the match, yet he had two or three good moments.
The first of these saw him curl a finish past Ederson, while the second saw him whip in a delightful corner onto the head of Lucas Moura.
What I want to see from Lamela is this level of class and end product consistently, week in week out, across full 90-minute games, rather than fleeting flashes of brilliance.
I believe that is all that separates Lamela from the likes of Eriksen, Moura, Son, etc. They all do it game in game out, for full matches, and for full seasons.
I want to see Lamela stay injury-free and pick up 10 goals a season in a Spurs shirt.
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