As reported by Evening Standard, Jose Mourinho has provided an injury update on Erik Lamela. “Been out for two months… not one training session with me,” Mourinho said. “Never. I’m still waiting for his first training session. Hopefully soon. I hope I can have him for Christmas. When I say Christmas, I’m not saying Chelsea on the 22nd. But I hope maybe the 28th, first of January.”
Lamela’s season so far
Lamela’s career at Tottenham Hotspur has been infested with injuries. And this season has been no exception, with the forward being injured since late October. He has featured in only nine matches so far, during which he has scored two goals while providing one assist.
The Argentine was pretty much a key player under Mauricio Pochettino. He was even favoured ahead of Lucas Moura by his manager until an unfortunate hamstring injury derailed his progress in the corresponding campaign.
How Lamela could help Tottenham
Lamela’s return to full fitness would provide Mourinho with an additional option in the final third. The Portuguese has often had to appear overreliant on the services of Son Heung-Min in the wide attacking position, due to the lack of a reliable alternative aside from Moura.
Lamela, therefore, can provide the Portuguese mastermind with an extra option on the flanks. Moreover, the ex-Roma star can also come in for Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen and operate in the number ten role – making it easier for the manager to rotate his squad week in week out. It could especially become important during the second half of the campaign when Spurs will be burdened with the task of featuring in not only the FA Cup but also the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.
But, most importantly, it is Lamela’s style of play that makes him an ideal fit under Mourinho. Indeed, the forward is known for his aggression and tenacity, coupled with his willingness to close down opposing ball-carriers. This tunes in well with Mourinho’s defence-oriented and pragmatic approach that often focuses on creating turnovers in the opposition half.
Lamela, in that regard, can help the former Real Madrid man execute that game-plan more effectively. Not to mention, he can save Tottenham from investing in a new winger in the upcoming January transfer window, especially at a time when the club really needs to invest elsewhere.
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