On Saturday, Tottenham fans were treated to a real spectacle, Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Fulham 3-1 in a game where Harry Kane broke his August curse, Lucas Moura bagged his first Premier League and Toby Alderweireld started. However, Spurs fans are also raving about the cameo appearance from their Argentine winger, Erik Lamela.
Contento de volver a jugar oficialmente! Puntaje ideal para nosotros
— Erik Manuel Lamela (@ErikLamela) 18 August 2018
The 26-year-old has fast become a fan favourite at Tottenham, despite the fact that there is a small minority of Tottenham fans that are very vocal in their negative opinions of the winger. Lamela may not have the acceleration and maintained pace that the likes of Lucas and Heung-Min Son have, but his ability to isolate a man one vs one and leave him for dead before creating a chance is crucial and we saw it on Saturday as he set up Harry Kane’s strike.
On Saturday, the assist that Lamela provided was world class. The 26-year-old picked up the ball well inside his own half before charging at the Fulham defence. At one point he had six Fulham players around him but he was still able to hurdle a challenge and poke a lovely ball through to Harry Kane, who did what Harry Kane does when he’s inside the box and has his eyes on the goal.
You can read the Lillywhites’ verdict on Lamela here:
Good to see you back
Congratulations to you and the lads
— Amanda (@SpurOnTheGulls) 18 August 2018
Welcome back Coco! Back with a bang!
— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) 18 August 2018
What a superb run for the goal,
You were superb today.
Good luck for your best season yet.#COYS!
— Keith H. (@THFCSparky) August 19, 2018
Love that when you come on you want to smash people.
— Jon Finch (@Finchyspurs) 18 August 2018
Quality assist today Erik #coys
— jonnygregs (@jonnygregs) 18 August 2018
Well played today, you made a big difference for us #COYS
— Colin Dann (@WrestlingSpur) August 18, 2018
You came back with a bang, Coco. Great display! #COYS
— dǝssnʎ sı ǝɯɐu ʎɯ ıɥ (@AmpayChupe) August 18, 2018
The Spurs fans on Twitter loved seeing Lamela’s cameo against Fulham and some fans will be keen to see the Argentine start at Old Trafford next weekend.