1 goal, 2 tackles, 5 duels won - Lamela impresses against Saints

Spurs's record signing was a vital contributor to Tottenham securing a 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela scored his fifth goal of the season against Southampton on Saturday, a game that was a possible sign that the former Roma man may be back in favour at White Hart Lane.

It was Lamela's second successive 90 minutes for Spurs, notable considering he hadn't played a full match since February before last weekend's win over Newcastle.

The 23-year-old got an assist in that game, and he followed it up with Tottenham's first equaliser in the 2-2 match away to the Saints.

Lamela got just his second Premier League goal, and what he would do well to remember, is that whether it ends up in the back of the net via a Rabona flick, or off an elbow as it appeared to do at St Mary's, they're all as important as each other.

Below we look at how the winger performed against Southampton:

  PositionTeamGoalsTotal Scoring AttTotal Att AssistWon ContestTouchesAccurate PassDuel WonWon TackleMins Played
Erik Lamela MF Tottenham 1 1 3 1 54 33 5 2 90

Lamela's leveller just before half time was essential for Spurs. Scoring the dirty goals are something he hasn't even been trying to do for much of the season, so for Tottenham's record signing to contribute that way should be a point Mauricio Pochettino is eager to highlight.

The Argentine international made several key defensive contributions, including two superb tackles and winning five duels for possession, the same as Jan Vertonghen and more than any Saints player except Morgan Schneiderlin, while also showing good skill further up the field to break free from the attention of Southampton men.

In fact, it was arguably one of Lamela's stronger performances for Spurs in the Premier League. That fact in itself, could be a sign that the Argentinian has failed to prove he can acclimatise to the English top flight, or evidence that he is slowly getting to grips with it.

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