79 touches, 9 recoveries: Tottenham's Erik Lamela was superb in victory over Hull

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela had an excellent game on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Erik Lamela put in a complete performance during his side’s 2-0 win over relegation-threated Hull City at White Hart Lane.

The Argentine international has been one of a just a few bright sparks for Spurs in recent weeks as Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggle to keep the intensity.

Since their Carling Cup defeat to Chelsea and ensuing failure to break into the top four, a number of players at White Hart Lane have been guilty of being too passive.

For large parts of their encounter with Hull, it was a similar story for the hosts with Lamela being only one of a few to really put himself about and match the Tigers’ intensity.

  ShotsKey PassesTake-onsTouchesAccurate PassesTacklesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Erik Lamela 3 3 1 79 49 4 9 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Roma star impressed in a number of categories and Spurs are largely indebted to him for managing what appeared at half-time an unlikely victory.

Aside from assisting Nacer Chadli for the opening goal, Lamela tried to make things happen in the final third by taking three shots on goal and creating three chances for his teammates via key passes.

Additionally, the 23-year-old got involved with and without the ball – taking as many as 77 touches while contributing with an impressive four tackles and nine ball recoveries.

Defensively, he racked up as many tackles as his fellow midfielders combined as the visitors at times overpowered Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason much to the supporters’ distress.

It really was a wretched performance at times from Pochettino’s side, but the Argentine coach can count himself fortunate that individual quality has been his side’s saving grace of late.

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