Is Erik Lamela adding enough quality to the Tottenham Hotspur side?

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Does Erik Lamela need to improve for the title run in or is he adding enough for Tottenham Hotspur?

Tottenham blew Bournemouth away at the weekend by beating the Cherries 3-0, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen playing starring roles in the win.

Record signing Erik Lamela found himself substituted after just over an hour, having created just one chance during his spell on the pitch and failing to attempt a single shot.

The Argentine cannot be faulted in terms of effort. He was constantly running and closing down the Bournemouth defence, attempting to win the ball back and get his side back on the attack.

He is an ideal fit in that respect for head coach Mauricio Pochettino who wants his team to press from the front, but sooner or later Lamela is going to have to start offering more when he is actually in possession.

Lamela has three goals and five assists in 28 Premier League games this season, 22 of which have been starts, while in his last 10 appearances he has two assists and no goals, last netting against Watford back in December.

The attacker is in competition with Heung-Min Son and Nacer Chadli for two of three positions supporting Harry Kane, but with neither player producing high quality moments on a regular basis, Lamela's work ethic is seeing him through.

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More is expected of Lamela due to his price tag and undoubted ability, although the big strides he has made this season should certainly go recognised.

It is simply a question of whether he will start showing more frequent flashes of individual brilliance as Tottenham enter a crucial phase of the season in which they attempt to close the gap on league leaders Leicester and win their first title for a generation.

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