Everywhere you go, always take Lamela with you…
…As the innovative chant inspired by Crowded House song ‘Weather With You’ goes.
But Tottenham have not been able to take Erik Lamela anywhere for over a year, after he suffered a hip injury in October 2016. In the 13 months since, Lamela has undergone operations on both hips and become a father for the second time. Impressive.
However, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the Argentine winger is fit and is in the squad to face Leicester with the first team squad for their midweek fixture against the Foxes, much to the delight of Spurs fans.
Tottenham have endured mixed spells of form this season, struggling against teams typically in the bottom half of the table, who tend to sit back and allow Tottenham possession of the ball – drawing against West Brom, Burnley and Swansea.
But contrastingly, they’ve won big games against the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
All of those matches were at Wembley, their temporary home for the season, which raises the question; if it’s not the ‘Wembley hoodoo’, what do Spurs need to be able to do in order to turn those draws against smaller teams into wins?
That’s where Lamela comes in. No other player in the Spurs squad has a skillset similar to his. Excellent in 1v1 situations, a silky dribbler and possessing an eye for a key pass, the 25-year-old could inject exactly…