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Pundit’s Choice: Erik Lamela

Pundit’s Choice: Erik Lamela

Tottenham supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their team record a fourth successive Premier League victory on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with West Ham at the London Stadium having beaten Brighton, Huddersfield Town, and Cardiff City in their preceding three league outings, and thus full of confidence ahead of their trip across the capital at the weekend. And they returned to North London with all three points as an Erik Lamela header just before half time was enough to seal a 1-0 success for Spurs, thus moving them up to fourth place in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who has labelled matchwinner Lamela as possessing ‘extraordinary ability’, at the same time suggesting that he is returning to the player he was before ‘his long lay-off with injury’.

And given the Argentine’s stellar start to the new season, Crooks’ effusive praise of the winger is absolutely justified.

Ultimately, the 26-year-old has endured a testing time in the last few years having spent the best part of 12 months out between 2016 and 2017 with a hip injury, only returning to competitive action at the rear end of last year.

And in managing only two Premier League goals for the club in his 25 appearances last term, it’s clear that Lamela struggled to re-discover his best form in the Spurs side last season, what with the winger embarking on arguably his best spell at the North London outfit prior to injury back in the autumn of 2016.

And while he was a shadow of that player last term, Lamela appears to be slowly but surely returning to that lofty level this time round in already netting five goals in just nine appearances for Spurs this season – only Harry Kane (six) has scored more.

And with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen having struggled with injury in recent times, alongside Son Heung-min’s relentless schedule in the last few months, Pochettino really needed Lamela to hit the ground running this term to help Tottenham make a fine start to the Premier League season – he has done just that.

The Argentina international gave Spurs a much-needed boost in coming off the bench to net in their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last month, before backing that up with what proved to be the winner in their 2-1 success at Brighton the weekend after – he is having an influence when on the pitch.

Add in the winner at the London Stadium on Saturday, and Lamela is again becoming a vital part of Pochettino’s starting eleven, and arguably one of the first names on the Tottenham team sheet.

Thus, Crooks is right to suggest that he is looking like the pre-injury Lamela back in 2016, while his effusive praise of the winger in marvelling at his ‘extraordinary ability’ is entirely justified – the Argentine is currently one of the form players in the Premier League, and is becoming an increasingly big asset to manager Pochettino.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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