Yesterday’s poll on HotspurHQ of Spurs fans views on who should replace Eriksen to play behind the striker has come down overwhelmingly in favour of Erik Lamela. He received over 55% of the votes with the remainder cast equally for the other contenders. This choice is despite Lamela having failed to be given a starting place in any of AVB’s teams for Premier League games and even though when he has played it has been from a position wide on the right.Lamela has only played 58 minutes of Premier League football since making his debut late in the game against Arsenal at the beginning of September. He has made 4 appearances as a substitute but has been an unused sub in the last 4 League games. He had his best performance for Spurs against FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane in the last Europa League match when he scored his first goal and won the penalty for the second. He was a constant threat to the Moldovan defenders and many supporters thought Lamela had shown enough in that game to merit a place in the starting line-up against Newcastle.
It was something of a surprise that Christian Eriksen was picked for the game against the Geordies as his performance in the Europa League game had not been all that impressive. Against Newcastle as Spurs dominated possession Eriksen managed to demonstrate the creative side of his game by making 9 goal scoring opportunities for his team mates.
Now that Eriksen will be out for a number of weeks, AVB has a decision to make on who should fill the attacking central midfield role.Fans Want but Expect…
The fans choice would be Lamela but any are expecting the ever cautious Villas-Boas to turn to Lewis Holtby who had been given an opportunity in earlier games. Holtby brings work-rate and an enthusiasm to the team and impressed creatively when playing in the midweek Europa League and Cup matches.
Will AVB see the solution to Spurs’ lack of creativity in the same way as the fans and opt for Lamela or will he have an alternative solution? We’ll find out on Sunday lunch-time when the teams are announced ahead of the match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.