Divisive attacking midfielder scores again to give Spurs a half-time lead in the Europa League…
Erik Lamela has a long way to go before he comes close to justifying Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to splash out £26m on him.
That fee – which the Daily Mail claim was paid to Roma in August 2013 – makes Lamela’s Tottenham’s most expensive signing ever.
Despite occasional flashes of brilliance, such as his rabona goal in last season’s 5-1 thrashing of Asteras Tripolis, Lamela is regarded as a flop by many in the football community.
However, he seems to maintain the faith of Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has used him in six of Tottenham’s seven Premier League games this season.
Lamela has also been a regular in the Europa League – and he got the ball rolling for Spurs in Monaco on Thursday evening.
The 23-year-old tapped home from close range on 35 minutes, after Dele Alli – fresh from his first senior England call-up – had seen his shot saved by Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
Lamela’s finish was a very simple one, but that was not his only involvement in the goal. He began the move by launching a counter-attack with a sublime piece of skill to evade two Monaco players, before launching a searching pass to Nacer Chadli, who played the ball to Alli.
In his last four appearances in all competitions, Lamela has now scored three goals.