Glenn Hoddle has told BT Sport (broadcast on 7/2; 13:30) that Erik Lamela produced his best performance for some time as Tottenham Hotspur beat West Brom 2-0 on Sunday.
Spurs went into the clash with the Baggies with a real point to prove. Jose Mourinho’s men had lost their previous three league games.
They did receive the boost of having Harry Kane back. And Mourinho rewarded both Lamela and Lucas Moura for their bright cameos in midweek with promotions to the starting lineup.
The decision paid off. Spurs were excellent at times. And Lamela’s performance was lauded by a number of supporters on social media.
The Argentinian showed real intent when in possession and running at opponents. But he also demonstrated his tenacity, winning a number of challenges and getting stuck in.
And as Lamela was being substituted with just under 20 minutes remaining, Hoddle suggested that the attacking midfielder could be extremely happy with his display.
“I thought he’s had a really good game,” he told BT Sport. “It’s the best I’ve seen him play for some time.
“His use of the ball was a little bit quicker. He was prepared to play two, three-touch football. When you’re playing in that just off the front position, you’ve got to play quick, you’ve got to be on the half turn. He did well today.”
It was certainly the kind of performance that saw Lamela stake a strong claim to keep his place for Wednesday’s FA Cup tie with Everton and next weekend’s trip to Manchester City.
His energy and combative nature will surely make him an incredibly dangerous option in what promises to be two incredibly tough fixtures.