Many Tottenham Hotspur fans have been calling for Erik Lamela to be included in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up for their Premier League game against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Argentinian international has recently recovered from injury and made a cameo appearance in their 1-0 defeat against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, replacing Dele Alli after 64 minutes (BBC Sport). Mourinho was happy with the impact that the former Roma man made in the game, claiming he was “phenomenal” whilst also confirming that he hadn’t even trained prior to the match (beIN Sports).
The north London club are certainly in need of an attacking player to step up to the plate after Son Heung-min was ruled out for a lengthy spell this week with a fractured arm (BBC Sport), he now joins talismanic striker Harry Kane on the sidelines.
It seems that plenty of Spurs fans feel that Lamela could be that man, with loads now hoping that he starts their next game against the Blues. Indeed, many have taken to Twitter to urge Mourinho to play the Argentine, with one even suggesting that he would “offer more than Lucas.”
Here is what some had to say…
I hope Lamela starts against Chelsea. Be annoyed all you want at him always picking up injuries, but we need his energy & fight right now. Won’t even be against him taking up the false 9 role – he’ll offer more than Lucas. Mix things up a bit.
— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) February 20, 2020
He does make such a difference to the team and we get up the pitch quicker when he plays
— Who’s next (@whotunes) February 20, 2020
When Lamela comes on I get this extra boost knowing he is gonna put his heart and soul on that pitch. Gives us that bite that we so desperately need, fights for everything.
— harry webster (@harrywebster32) February 20, 2020
— #FPLBhuna (Rahul) (@FPLBhuna) February 20, 2020
Yup. We need change and freshness. Even if it’s just for 45 mins
— Hotspur Banter (@Hotspur_Banter) February 20, 2020
Totally agree. Our most underrated and underloved player. He and gio (and hopefully tanguy) have to be our focal points from here on out.
— Joe Sanders (@joesanders33) February 20, 2020
I completely fell in love with Lamela watching him bully Fabregas at Stamford Bridge a couple of years ago. So yeah, I’m with you!
— Luke Kelly (@lukekellydesign) February 20, 2020
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