2 Key Passes and 2 Dribbles, but Tottenham youngster disappoints v Newcastle

Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela proved largely disappointing in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Struck down by a Europa League hangover, Spurs faltered against Alan Pardew's persistent Newcastle side at White Hart Lane on Sunday. 

The Lilywhites went one goal to the good thanks to a first half strike from Emmanuel Adebayor, but a remarkable second-half comeback saw Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez secure an unlikely three points for the Toon army. 

Lamela was back in action in this game following his spectacular goal in the club's 5-1 midweek win over Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League.

The 22-year-old started the match on the right of an attacking trio supporting frontman Emmanuel Adebayor. However, growing increasingly frustrated due to a lack of action, he  migrated over to the left throughout the first period. In spite of his continued efforts, he proved ineffective on either flank.

  TeamPosTotal ShotsKey PassesTotal PassesPass Accuracy (%)Total CrossesSuccessful DribblesTouchesMins
Erik Lamela Spurs MF 0 2 39 76.92 6 2 59 78

He often found himself in the right positions. Nonetheless, he did not manage a shot all game.

Lamela started the move from which Adebayor scored and witnessed his innovative traits as he played a further two key passes.

One of which saw him prod the ball through to left-back Danny Rose, who blazed over the bar. In his attempts to dictate play he won found success in two dribbles, while displaying his skill with various flicks and tricks. 

Too often he left full-back Eric Dier exposed and his lacklustre passing - he recorded a final completion rate of 77% - regularly left his team-mates in trouble. Meanwhile, in a defensive capacity he offered very little, failing to make a single tackle, interception of clearance. 

He was eventually replaced by Aaron Lennon with 12 minutes remaining, concluding a performance that will largely disappoint the White Hart Lane faithful.

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