Some Spurs fans rave about £27m ace’s ‘top-notch’ contribution to Crystal Palace
Nathaniel KayMarch 8, 2021
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Tottenham fans love 20-minute cameo Eric Lamela In last night’s 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
All the headlines rightly went to Harry Kane and Gareth Bale, who both scored twice in last night’s Capital Conquest.
But many Spurs fans want to acknowledge Lamela’s brief but high-impact contribution from the bench.
Here’s what some fans have to say on Twitter:
Lamela has been in class since class
— Sam 🌸 (@p14i03n19k95y) March 7, 2021
The performances on these benches are also appropriate. Offer something creative, always chasing, chasing and tackling. Absolute quality over the last few weeks.
— ً (@SeanTHFC_) March 7, 2021
Not mentioned but Lamela has been great in the last 6 or so games
— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) March 7, 2021
Lamela played a nice cameo role.good, no yellow card yet
— Edge (@HowardTHFC) March 7, 2021
Lamela has become Messi in the last few games
— Hamid (@HamidTHFC) March 7, 2021
Lamela has been looking good since he got on the court.
– Mary (@Mallyspur) March 7, 2021
Lamela looks smart since he came on
— COYS.com (@COYS_com) March 7, 2021
I think Eric Lamela is underrated! He has been incredible since he took office.#TOTCRY #THFC
— Everyone Matters (@Im91389331) March 7, 2021
Love this team. Lamela’s comfort on the ball has changed the game since he came on the court. Keep going boy! #COYS
— Mike (@msmit423) March 7, 2021
Lamela’s little cameo is so good
— R (@railway79) March 7, 2021
Although Lamela only played 20 minutes after replacing Bale, the Argentine must have followed quickly.
WhoScored.com Record Lamela with four tackles — tied for second-highest of any Spurs player.
Lamela also grabbed a pre-assist for Kane’s second goal, sending a delightful floating pass into Son Heung-min’s path.
It was the third consecutive Premier League game in which the Argentine came off the bench, almost all at the same time.
And, in all three games, the 29-year-old midfielder has made a positive impact.
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Lamela and life in London
However, cameo appearances have been the story of Lamela’s Spurs career.
He joined from Roma for £25.7m in 2013 (BBC Sport), as Tottenham started squandering the huge sums they received for Bale’s move to Real Madrid.
During those eight years, Lamela made just 170 appearances and scored just 16 goals.
The Argentine has struggled with injuries during that time and has never been a regular for Tottenham.
However, there were also some magical moments that forced Spurs fans to their feet.
Few will forget Lamela’s absurd Rabona goal against Astras Tripoli in the Europa League more than five years ago.
But those moments are usually flashes and fade away quickly.
Despite being impressive last night, Lamela looks unlikely to force his way into the starting lineup at the moment as Bale rediscovers his form.
The poetic irony is that Lamela is becoming a backup for the player he was supposed to replace.
Life at Tottenham was back to square one, with the Welshman taking his place in Mourinho’s starting line-up and Lamela watching from the dugout.
Mourinho clearly appreciates what the Argentine can bring to this Tottenham squad. But for now, Lamela’s role is passive, not active.
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Nathaniel is a football journalist and a graduate of the University of Derby. He spent two years at Burton Albion as part of the media team. Nathaniel contributes regularly to the club’s official website and matchday programming. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and covered venues ranging from non-league to Premier League.
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