Erik Lamela is probably the Tottenham Hotspur player who divides opinion more than any other.
The Argentine international is undeniably talented, but he also has a habit of frustrating, of only sporadically showing what he is capable of.
But when you consider the Spurs wide-man is only 22, that can surely be forgiven, if, of course, he starts to iron the inconsistency out of his game.
His latest performance – in the 2-2 draw with West Ham United – was a microcosm of his time at White Hart Lane.
The attacking player had a zero per cent shooting accuracy (from three attempts) and he failed to provide a single accurate cross.
He also went on just two dribbles and played just two key passes during the 90 minutes.
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But statistics only tell you so much, and the Tottenham player’s work-rate was clear for all to see, his energy playing a vital role in a late comeback that had not looked on the cards a few minutes earlier.
Lamela’s return of four goals and eight assists in 34 appearances this season is nothing to write home about, but he offers a lot more than that, as he showed on Sunday.
He will continue to get criticism until he adds consistency to his game, but he works hard, and that cannot be said of all players in the game.
So with a little patience, and a little less criticism, Lamela could go on to become the player his ability suggests he can be.