Tottenham suffered a disappointing result in the Premier League on Monday night after losing 1-0 to Manchester City in a game where the north London club should have walked away with at least a point.
Tottenham’s best chance of the match fell to Erik Lamela, who had the chance to draw his side level deep in the second half only for the Argentinian to sky his shot thanks to the ball’s bobble on the terrible turf of Wembley.
In the end, though, Tottenham were wasteful overall and cannot blame the recent NFL game played on the pitch of their temporary home.
Nevertheless, it was still an encouraging performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s men with Lamela himself putting in another promising display despite his costly miss.
With the 26-year-old now fully fit, he is slowly becoming a key player for Pochettino, a man who has shown his compatriot nothing but faith since he was installed in the White Hart Lane dugout back in 2014.
In essence, £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Lamela has become Pochettino’s go-to man when available. Whenever Tottenham are losing, the Argentina international is often the first man on the bench the Spurs boss looks to – and with good reason.
Lamela operates well in tight spaces and can weave through compact defences — something that perhaps only Lucas Moura is capable of doing out of Tottenham’s other players.
This season, Lamela has also taken up more responsibility in the absence of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min with the trio all having been unavailable at some point during the current campaign.
The former AS Roma man scored Tottenham’s winner in their recent London derby versus fierce rivals West Ham and, overall, just looks a more fit, mature and complete player compared to his earlier days at the club.
With it being quite clear that Tottenham will not go crazy in the transfer market like the rest of their Premier League rivals, they need their current roster of players to go up a gear or two. And Lamela looks to have gotten that message.