South American football expert and Tottenham fan Tim Vickery laid into Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela when he talked to talkSPORT about everything to do with the White Hart Lane club.
Vickery suggested that Lamela has a number of areas he needs to work on as it looks likely he’ll be retained by manager Mauricio Pochettino beyond this transfer window, to be part of the squad for the rest of the season.
Lamela came on against Stoke last weekend in place of striker Harry Kane, but Vickery feels he didn’t show the discipline needed to fill a gap, which had developed in Tottenham’s midfield.
“He came on against Stoke last weekend and just looked absolutely pitiful, a man short on confidence – There was a gap down Tottenham’s right hand side which needed to be tightened up,” he told talkSPORT.
“Unfortunately he did absolutely nothing; he didn’t defend, every time he got on the ball he lost it and he looked so, so weak in possession.”
Confidence and loyalty
Lamela does have talent but what he’ll be lacking at the moment is confidence, which can only come from playing well and influencing games.
There has to be a little loyalty on the part of the manager to continue giving him chances to impress and giving the player chances to pay back that faith.
The problem for Pochettino is how competitive the Premier League is, especially the race for the top four.
Tottenham are under constant pressure to try and break back into that group which means that if Lamela is going to be part of the project at the club, he needs to quickly find his very best form.