In recent weeks, Spurs have hit some heights in the absence of certain players, now, Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed both players are set to return to first-team action, but where do they sit?
Ben Davies has flourished in the 5-2-2-1 system currently deployed by Poch, and with Alli/Eriksen behind Harry Kane, the importance of a natural winger in the squad has been lessened somewhat.
But with Lamela and Rose set to feature in the team for the first time in a while, can they actually regain their places?
Naturally, the answer is yes, but not without a fight.
As mentioned above, Davies has stepped up in a big way in Rose’s absence and outburst during the summer, even if he is fit, can we trust him again?
Tottenham currently have the second best record when it comes to goals conceded and clean sheets in this calendar year, Rose has been out since January, 2 + 2 = 4, right?
He’s also doing a lot of good work at the other end of the pitch, having scored a goal on the opening day at Newcastle and registering a goal and 3 assists, equaling his best in an entire season, and Rose’s as well.
Now its Lamela’s turn..
During the summer if you gave a Spurs fan the chance to bin Sissoko and have Lamela return to the first team, everyone would snatch the opportunity from you.
….Now? maybe not so likely.
Moussa Sissoko has flourished in his own way for Spurs, after a dreadful season last year, he has become an important player and with the reduced emphasis on having an out-and-out winger in the squad, it makes for an interesting and uncertain future for Erik Lamela.
In midweek the France international helped to stifle a potent Real Madrid midfield alongside Harry Winks and Eric Dier, showing that his footballing quality is soon going to match his physical quality.
Both players face a fight to regain their importance to the team, at this moment in time, their replacing players are doing more than stellar work and this could bode very well for Spurs’ cup games, where younger players will feature and also fringe players will now have a chance to stake their claim once again.
Spurs fans wait with baited breath as to how these long-standing absentees get on in the coming weeks….interesting tidbit, if Lamela returns against West Ham, it would be a year to the day since his last appearance! How odd.
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