The Argentine was given the nod to start by Tim Sherwood, before being replaced by the Belgian – who had the bigger influence?
The north London side ended up winning 3-2, but the Argentine was substituted on 61 minutes, replaced by fellow new face Nacer Chadli.
But of the two, who had the bigger impact?
It is fair to say that Lamela was on the fringes of the game and struggled to have any real significant involvement. At times he showed glimpses of his ability with quick feet and movement to beat an opponent, but this was too fleeting.
Chadli on the other hand looked much more dangerous after being introduced, and was accredited with an assist for Emmanuel Adebayor’s winning goal.
The Belgium international also put in a devilish cross that Roberto Soldado should have scored.
Here are the stats:
- Lamela had 61 minutes on the pitch, Chadli the remaining 29 plus injury time.
- Lamela had no shots on goal or no crosses; Chadli had one shot off target and three crosses.
- Lamela completed 64.7 per cent of his passes; Chadli completed 100 per cent.
- Lamela completed 17 passes, Chadli completed nine passes.
- Chadli created three goalscoring opportunities; Lamela created none.
- Chadli provided one assist, Lamela none.
- Lamela made one tackle, Chadli made three.
- Lamela beat a man three times, Chadli beat a man twice.
It is easy to see that Chadli had much more of an impact on the game than Lamela did, and that the substitute offering more of a threat in his time on the pitch.
Chadli has been used on the left wing more often than not this term, but played on his natural right side here.
With Aaron Lennon to return on the right it may well be irrelevant, but from the Southampton display it appears that Chadli is more of an attacking threat than Lamela.
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