What would Saido Berahino moving to Spurs mean for Erik Lamela?

Saido Berahino

Could Erik Lamela lose his place in the starting line-up if Tottenham Hotspur do manage to sign Saido Berahino in January?

Tottenham Hotspur's reported interest in Saido Berahino could spell trouble for Erik Lamela, as the statistics suggest that the two could not be used in the same attack. 

At the moment, Berahino and Lamela are in the top three most dispossessed players in the Premier League - only Connor Wickham has lost the ball more - and that means that playing them in the same front-four at White Hart Lane would be a risk.

  PositionTeamDispossessedAppearancesMins Played
Connor Wickham FW Sunderland 32 9 748
Erik Lamela MF Tottenham 31 9 738
Saido Berahino FW West Brom 23 9 809
Sergio Agüero FW Man City 22 9 618
Romelu Lukaku FW Everton 22 9 747

Although both are talented individuals, having an attacking unit with two players so wasteful on the ball would surely not be conducive to successful football. 

At the moment Lamela has lost the ball a staggering 31 times, whilst Berahino has given it away on 23 occasions to date and a quartet with two players so prone to losing possession would be unlikely to work.

Spurs supporters enjoy watching fast-tempo football, but the pair would need to work hard in this area if they were to work in attacking situations together

The worry for Mauricio Pochettino would be having a duo of attackers who are regularly giving up possession cheaply, and Lamela could lose his spot if Berahino was brought in.

The Argentine has performed in patches so far this season, showing glimpses of quality, but there are still improvements that clearly need to be made.

Spurs do have other options in the wing position, too, with Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon both ready to come in.

Their lack of a finisher, however, is posing more of a problem and if Berahino could continue his goalscoring form in North-London they he would likely be a more valuable member of the first-team, meaning Lamela could drop to the bench. 

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