Tottenham Hotspur defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday, stamping their authority as the best team in London. Alvaro Morata had given Chelsea the lead before a dipping drive from Christian Eriksen equalised. In the second-half, it was Dele Alli who stole the show, silencing his doubters with two goals as Spurs won 3-1. But one player who really stood out in the game was Erik Lamela.
The Argentine was fantastic throughout the game, especially when Mauricio Pochettino surprisingly switched him to a false nine role.
Lamela has had a mixed time at Tottenham since joining the club. At one point it seemed his time in North London was cursed, with poor form and injuries seemingly setting him up to be a flop. After recovering from his fitness woes he became a regular in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Injury again blighted his progress last season and this season Lamela has been inconsistent.
The 26-year-old divides opinion amongst the Tottenham faithful. On the one hand, many see his positives. Others believe he is simply too erratic and injury prone to remain.
With his contract expiring in the summer of 2019 Lamela has seen himself linked with a move back to Italy, where he previously played for Roma. But his performance against Chelsea should certainly be worthy of a new deal at Spurs.
Lamela was incredible throughout the game and continues to have a cult following amongst some Spurs fans. His relentless pressing, no-nonsense attitude and work ethic make him the archetypal Pochettino player.
Whilst the likes of Alli and Eriksen get by on their guile Lamela continues to ruffle feathers and work to the bone to ensure he remains in the Tottenham picture. He has quality as well, with a wand of a left-foot and an eye for a pass.
Lamela has had his troubles but has also played a key role in bringing Tottenham to where they are now. He deserves to remain into the next exciting chapter of the Pochettino er