1 Assist, 6 Dribbles: Tottenham transfer target shines Konoplyanka as record signing Lamela flops

Ukraine Football Fans

Yevhen Konoplyanka kicked on in the Europa League, but Tottenham Hotspur did not.

If there was a game made for Erik Lamela to succeed, it was the Europa League clash at Fiorentina.

The Argentine was handed a start and played all 90 minutes, against a side he has played against and scored past before while playing for Roma earlier in his career.

He was ineffective, having just one shot on goal and setting up a single goalscoring chance.

More is expected from the winger, who is Tottenham's record signing, and delivered no accurate crosses and no dribbles.

An alternative?

Tottenham were linked in January with a deal to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka, with the Mirror even speculating he could be a deadline day addition.

The winger is out of contract this summer and so could be signed on a free transfer, no doubt a tempting proposition for many teams across Europe.

He remains in the Europa League, as Dnipro secured an away goals win over Olympiakos with a 2-2 draw featuring a goal from former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic.

Konoplyanka was in impressive form, recording an assist, and made six successful dribbles in comparison to none from Lamela. He also had four shots at goal, and created two chances, both from crosses.

The Ukrainian may or may not be the answer for Tottenham, but if Lamela does not improve for the final at Wembley, should he be selected, more and more questions will be asked about his future and viable options in terms of replacements or added competition are likely to be considered by the club.

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