With the League Cup final approaching, Vincent Ralph looks at three Tottenham Hotspur players who could play the role of unlikely hero.
As Tottenham Hotspur prepare to face Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday, most of the talk is about in-form front-man Harry Kane.
The 21-year-old has already netted 24 goals for Spurs this season, including two in a recent match against the Blues.
In fact the last time Tottenham faced Chelsea Kane was on fire, not only netting twice but also providing two assists in a 5-3 win that showed just how good Mauricio Pochettino’s side can be on their day.
But for all the attention on Kane and, to a lesser extent, Christian Eriksen, Tottenham have some players who could prove to be the unlikely hero in the cup final.
Nabil Bentaleb returned from the Africa Cup of Nations at just the right time, and he showed during his time on international duty that he has an eye for a sensational strike.
The 20-year-old midfielder may have only scored one goal in 21 club appearances this season, but he scored a humdinger against Senegal recently and if Chelsea do not pay him close attention he could do the same again.
Arguably the most frustrating player in Tottenham’s squad, Erik Lamela has the talent to be one of the best in the top flight, but he needs to add consistency to his game.
The Argentine international has four goals and eight assists this season and with the focus sure to be on Kane, Lamela may see this as the perfect opportunity to shine on the big stage.
The Belgian international has been in brilliant form since being switched to the number 10 role and Pochettino has a decision to make regarding both Dembele and Eriksen.
The former was replaced at half-time against West Ham United but he has the talent to make the difference against Chelsea if called upon.