It’s no secret that this Spurs team are getting fitter and since returning to the team, Erik Lamela has looked noticeably more energetic and strong.
Lamela may not have played particularly well in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal last weekend but he worked hard and threw himself into tackles. This is progress for a youngster who looked frail, defensively unaware and incredibly easy to knock off the ball when he first arrived at White Hart Lane.
His performance against Liverpool was even more encouraging. Providing the assist for Harry Kane’s goal, Lamela also ran further than any other player on the pitch.
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) February 10, 2015
Yet is it enough? For a player that Tottenham paid so much for, his progress is frustratingly slow. Fellow attacking midfielders such as Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli have found their feet earlier, despite costing much less and arriving at the same time.
Getting stronger and fitter will certainly aid the development of a player whose skill is not in question, but it’s currently his decision making that lets him down. Constantly cutting inside makes Lamela’s game predictable, as he runs into crowded areas and results in him constantly giving away possession.
Are you happy with Lamela’s progress, or are his performances not good enough?