Is hyperactivity what Tottenham need after Pochettino's comments on Lamela?

Erik Lamela #11 of Spurs is congratulated by teammate Clinton N'jie of Spurs #14 after scoring his team's third goal and completing his hat trick during the UEFA Europa League Group J...

The Tottenham Hotspur winger is finally back in contention after 13 months out.

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur in action during a Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur training ground on November 18, 2017 in Enfield,...

In recent comments published by ESPN, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed the return of Erik Lamela, suggesting that his constant movement on the pitch will come in very handy over the coming months. But one word stood out more than any other.

"He is hyperactive," the Tottenham boss said, "and that's how he is on the pitch."

Lucas Leiva of Liverpool (L) tackles Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur (R) during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in...

There is no doubt Spurs could use some additional energy in their play, with the recent match against West Bromwich Albion a case in point. However, it is not enough to run from one end of the field to the other simply because you can.

What Tottenham need, as well as that energy, is focus, and that is not something regularly associated with someone who is hyperactive.

Harry Arter of AFC Bournemouth (L) pulls Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur (R) shoulder during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on...

In that past Lamela has proved himself a worthy addition to Tottenham's side, ensuring Pochettino's game plan is often followed to the letter, and yet on other occasions he has frustrated as any winger is prone to do.

What Tottenham need now is a player who can channel his hyperactivity and kick-start a campaign that is at risk of slipping off the rails.

From third to fifth is something Tottenham can quickly rectify. However the festive fixtures could determine just how successful they are in 2018.

 

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