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Pochettino simply has to start Erik Lamela against Inter tonight

Pochettino simply has to start Erik Lamela against Inter tonight

Tottenham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in recent days after seeing their team suffer a second straight Premier League defeat at the weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with table-toppers Liverpool off the back of a surprise 2-1 defeat at Watford in their previous league encounter, and thus seeking a response when they hosted Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Wembley on Saturday. Yet Spurs were second-best for much of the contest as goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino set the visitors on their way to all three points, and while substitute Erik Lamela got one back for the North Londoners late on, it wasn’t enough to inspire a Spurs comeback.

As such, there have been many despondent Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are turning their attentions towards their Champions League clash with Inter Milan tonight, as Spurs seek to kick-off their European campaign with victory.

But after a disappointing and ultimately lacklustre display on Saturday, Pochettino may seek to make a few changes to his side, with £18 million-rated Lamela (as per Transfermarkt) one man the Argentine must seek to bring into the starting eleven.

The 26-year-old only returned from a year out with injury back in November of last year but then proceeded to struggle to re-discover his best form in the second half of last season, which has since seen him fall down the pecking order at the North London club.

In fact, prior to his substitute’s cameo on Saturday, the Argentina international had managed just 17 minutes of Premier League action this term, but his 31-minute stint on the field against Liverpool showed everyone exactly why he is such an asset to have in one’s squad.

The 26-year-old brought energy and dynamism to an otherwise meek Tottenham display on Saturday, with Lamela the one that was trying to make things happen for Spurs in the attacking third of the pitch – it was he who got the goal in added time to give Pochettino’s side some hope.

Thus, added to his assist in his 17-minute cameo against Fulham last month, and Lamela has a goal and an assist to show for his 47 minutes of Premier League action this term – he is clearly making an impact when on the field, and as such could be a huge asset to Pochettino in the San Siro this evening.

And were he to show the same level of liveliness and quality in the final third in the Italian city tonight, Inter could be in for a very tough game indeed.

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

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