Let’s talk about Erik Lamela.
Because outside of Spurs’ fan base, we feel he’s not really getting the recognition he deserves this season.
You see, having scored the opener at Wolves this evening, the pacey winger now has a hand in 11 goals in his last 12 appearances for his club in all competitions.
That’s not bad at all, is it?
“About time!” I hear some of you saying.
After all, Lamela was signed from Roma way back in 2013 for a hefty £25 million fee, but has rarely put in the sort of consistent performances that fans expected.
Injuries have been a big part of his stay in north London, of course.
He missed over a 12 months of game-time last year, eventually returning to the side last November. He also missed large chunks of the 2013/14 season with back trouble.
So it seems until this season, the Argentinian’s legacy at the club was destined to be focused on his time on the sidelines.
But over the last few weeks, he’s been undoubtedly one of Spurs’ best players and has perhaps put his dark days behind him.
In a recent interview with David Hyntner, Lamela spoke openly about how much he’s enjoying his football at the moment.
He said: “In terms of differences between then and now, I think the big difference is that I’m enjoying things much more than I used to.
“After all the time I spent off the pitch, wishing that I could play again, now I enjoy everything. I enjoy every single training session and, perhaps, I enjoy things more because I’m in a different frame of mind.”
It’s not only Spurs who are enjoying Lamela’s brilliant rise this season.
In terms of Dream Team points scored so far, he’s already overtaken his entire haul of last term, when his 58 points were equalled by Christian Benteke, of all people.
That’s pretty amazing, considering it’s only November.
What’s more, he’s finally back in contention with his national team.
Lamela last played for Argentina against Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier way back in 2016, having missed the World Cup in Russia with his hip injury.
You may want to whisperer this, but right now, everything seems to be coming up Erik.
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