The top of the Portuguese top-tier has an unfamiliar look to it at present. Whilst fans might expect to see Porto, Sporting Lisbon or Benfica sitting proudly on top of the Primeira Liga, none of those Portuguese giants are currently assuming the position.
Instead, it is Famalicao who is top with 19 points from their opening seven games. The newly-promoted side have some familiar names in their ranks. Stoke City full-back Josh Tymon is on loan there as is Roderick Miranda of Wolves. Former Nottingham Forest and West Ham talents Diogo Goncalves and Toni Martinez are also present.
Tottenham Hotspur fans, however, might be familiar with the name Ruben Lameiras. The 24-year-old came through the youth ranks at Spurs before leaving for Coventry City in 2015. He went on to thrive in the lower leagues with Coventry and Plymouth Argyle before returning to his Portuguese homeland this summer and joining the Famalicenses.
Lameiras never played for the Tottenham first-team but was highly regarded by those who followed the club’s youth programme.
This week he spoke to Mais Futebol and admitted he was not ready to play for Tottenham when he was at the club. He also spoke of how he felt Andre Villas-Boas was not given the time needed to establish his views at the club.
“I was 17-years-old if I’m not mistaken. I dreamed of that, of course, but I lacked much maturity. I was not prepared to play in the Premier League.
“Yes, I trained several times with the main squad in this phase. André is very intelligent, with good ideas, but had little time to establish what he wanted. I felt that he had a great view of football, but if the whole squad is not on the same train… it’s hard for the coach. He talked to me a lot, advised me, I was sad when he left.”
Tottenham, of course, had a great win percentage under AVB but he struggled to find the best from the team after the departure of Gareth Bale.
Spurs eventually gave the Portuguese boss the boot and after Tim Sherwood had a spell in charge Mauricio Pochettino was soon given the job.
Not many Tottenham fans look back fondly on AVB’s reign. Whilst he did improve results on the pitch, he struggled to have a connection with the fans.
The same cannot be said about Pochettino, whose current struggles are having a deep impact on the entire Tottenham fanbase.