Erik Lamela's league assist tally already better than Tottenham teammate Christian Eriksen's since September

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur is substituted for Erik Lamela during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on November 28,...

Erik Lamela made his return to the Tottenham Hotspur lineup in their most recent Premier League clash.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur is substituted for Erik Lamela during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on November 28,...

After more than 13 months out of the side due to injury, Erik Lamela made his return during Tottenham's Premier League clash with Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

And seemingly before the fans could stop applauding his introduction in the 77th minute of the game, he had already reminded fans of what he could do, with his nice pass setting up Harry Kane for Spurs' goal in the 2-1 defeat.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela (L) vies with Leicester City's English midfielder Marc Albrighton during the English Premier League football match between Leicester...

It was a welcome positive during what has been a poor run for Mauricio Pochettino's men, with a number of key players seemingly underperforming in recent games - and one of those players is surely Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen - the man Lamela replaced with 13 minutes to go against the Foxes - has seemingly gone off the boil in recent weeks, having not scored since inspiring Denmark to the World Cup finals with a hat-trick in their play-off with Republic of Ireland earlier this month.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) misses a shot on goal by Leicester City's Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during the English Premier League football match...

And perhaps one statistic best sums up just how poor Eriksen's recent form has been, because Lamela took just two minutes to move ahead of Eriksen for league assists since the start of September. 

The 25-year-old has not set up a goal in the top flight since the opening day victory over Newcastle, which, for a player of his calibre, is arguably a massive disappointment.

He has scored 11 goals this season, but Tottenham fans' frustrations could certainly be understood given that seven of those goals have come for his national team, while just four have come for Spurs. 

Of course, he cannot take all of the blame for not providing assists because he is relying on his teammates to convert the chances, but there is no question that his form has been underwhelming - and Lamela taking just two minutes to better his assist tally in the league since September should really bring it home to Eriksen that he needs to step his game up.

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