Glenn Hoddle claimed that Erik Lamela enjoyed his best performance in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt for quite some time yesterday.
The 28-year-old was named in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven for the visit of West Bromwich Albion to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and repaid the faith of his manager with an industrious performance on the back of his late cameo against Chelsea on Thursday evening.
It was just Lamela’s third Premier League start of the season in another campaign which was stifled by an injury (transfermarkt).
Lamela has a reputation for his tenaciouness and no Spurs player won more tackles than the Argentine against Sam Allardyce’s strugglers (WhoScored).
Hoddle was left impressed with Lamela’s quick decison making while in possession which saw him look to release the ball early to get his team-mates in attacking positions further up the pitch.
Harry Kane returned to the Spurs side after recovering from a double ankle injury and broke the deadlock after half time, with Heung-min Son doubling to the score four minutes later to ensure his side returned to winning ways.
Hoddle said during the live television coverage by BT Sport 1 (February 7, 2021) in the 74th minute of the match as part of his duties as co-commentator: “I thought he had a really good game. It’s the best I have seen him play for some time.
“His use of the ball was a little bit quicker. He was prepared to play two, three-touch football. When you’re playing in that just off the front position, you’ve got to play quick, you’ve got to be on the half turn. He did well today.”
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