According to The Evening Standard, Tottenham midfielder Érik Lamela is happy to compete for a starting place at Tottenham, providing the team wins.
This is a brilliant attitude from the player, as he faces stiff competition from a number of high-profile stars for a starting berth for The Lilywhites.
The Argentinian faces competition from Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min to play behind Harry Kane for Spurs, in what is easily the clubs most well-stocked position.
Not only is this the right attitude from Lamela, and indicative of a successful side, but it is the one area of the field that Tottenham can compete with the likes of Man City. Pep Guardiola has the enviable problem of trying to fit a wealth of stars into a starting XI each week. In almost every position, the manager has a number of the best players in the league, and this competition only seems to make players perform better. The knowledge that your place in the team is in jeopardy after one bad performance is enough to continually push a team.
Unlike City, Tottenham only really display this depth in one position, other than that they become thin on the ground. But the form of Lamela and Moura this season is a signal that that approach works. The Argentinian and Brazilian know that they are in the most hotly contested position on the field, and have probably been Spurs’ key men this season. Knowing that Eriksen, Alli and Son are your competition will always drive a player on.
While this is a brilliant attitude from Lamela, it is also a clear indication of where the club need to be in the future if they are ever going to compete with City.
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