Social media was all doom and gloom this afternoon when it was announced Erik Lamela would replace Christian Eriksen in the starting eleven for Tottenham’s trip to Leicester City.
Eriksen misses out with a knee injury. Even though Lamela is the logical replacement, many Spurs fans weren’t happy with the Argentine’s selection, while others were pleased to see him given a chance.
Elsewhere in the team, Ben Davies keeps his place at left-back ahead of Danny Rose, who is on the bench. Mauricio Pochettino has stuck with a central midfield partnership of Eric Dier and Ryan Mason. The pair impressed against Stoke City last week.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the team news…
@SpursOfficial great banter, what's the real team?
— Billie (@Billie_T) August 22, 2015
Eriksen appears to have strained his Juventus ligament.
— Tom Edwards (@tomedwards) August 22, 2015
Hope Lamela has a blinder to shove to the Spurs "fans" who want him to fail. #COYS
— Kenny Palmer (@KennyPalmer) August 22, 2015
Are we expecting Lamela right, Dembele centre and Chadli left? Or will he go with Chadli in the centre again? #COYS
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) August 22, 2015
Line-up reveal is when you realise how easy it is to hate Spurs fans.
— Spooky (@Spooky23) August 22, 2015
Paternity test on Poch/Lamela ASAP ?
— Kev Breslin (@TheBrezTHFC) August 22, 2015
Part of me more wishing Lamela has a good game more than we get a result. That's what hanging around Spurs fans does to you.
— Matt Bellotti (@MCMattSally) August 22, 2015
Another 3 points for Leicester! Lamela starting ????
— James Hughes (@James_Hughes10) August 22, 2015
(•_•) <) )╯ STOP / \ \(•_•) ( (> PLAYING / \ (•_•) <) )> DEMBELE / \ @SpursOfficial
— Herbert (@herbz16) August 22, 2015
Really hope Lamela proves us all wrong today and has a successful pass
— Kate Coggins (@KateCoggins11) August 22, 2015
Huge game for Lamela today. Honestly hope he does well, but sad to know that some want to see him play bad to say 'I told you so!' #thfc
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) August 22, 2015
— AtourT (@AT_Spurs) August 22, 2015
Why isn't Rose playing? Bentaleb? Throw Clinton in? Glad to see Dier there in CDM is remind us how diabolical our recruitment is. Lamela ?
— Anthony Froom (@AnthonyFroom) August 22, 2015
I'd rather see Alli played at CAM than Dembele and Lamela on the same pitch
— B r a d (@Spursesque) August 22, 2015