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Erik Lamela as a false nine could be the best option for Tottenham

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Erik Lamela as a false nine could be the best option for Tottenham

With Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son currently sidelined through injury, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is currently trying to work around a serious dilemma in the striker position.

Mourinho has already used a mixture of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn in forward positions during the last two games to try help.

But Spurs will get the best out of attacking midfielder Alli if he can make his trademark runs from deep, while the rapid pair of Bergwijn and Moura are tailor-made for the wings.

The North London club need to find an answer while their two senior forwards are absent and versatile star Erik Lamela may be the most suited to slot into a false nine role.

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Lamela does have a rotten luck with injuries, but has returned for the last two matches as a substitute and he’s provided a spark from the bench.


The 27-year-old may be the best option in the squad to fill in a central role and allow teammates around him to provide a threat off him, despite being most effective from a wide role.

He’s an extremely technical player that likes the ball at his feet and could prove a nuisance for centre-backs dragging them into unfamiliar areas.

Spurs clearly don’t have a target man at their disposal to call upon and youngster Troy Parrott isn’t getting a look-in, but Lamela’s presence could really help bring Moura and Bergwijn into play from wide areas.

Lamela has previously had a small amount of experience playing through the centre since his £30million (BBC) arrival in 2013, but on his day can torment defences in the Premier League with his movement and Mourinho should consider trying him out through the middle.

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