Lamela made only his second start of the campaign as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Swansea City on Tuesday.
Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela made only his second start of the season in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Swansea City.
The attacking midfielder played 77 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, where goals from Fernando Llorente - against the club he left in August - and Dele Alli secured all three points for Tottenham.
But how did Lamela get on? Spurs fans cannot seem to decide.
So let's start with the positives...
It's also good to see Lamela back, much maligned but he’s a capable player and if he stays fit, it’s welcome that he’s around for the 2nd half of the season #coys— Kevin (@WelshSpur07) 2 January 2018
Lamela is MOTM imo,close seconds are Davies and Eriksen #COYS— Jack(COYS) (@DembeleEdition) 2 January 2018
Our interplay has improved in the last month and is even better with Lamela in the team. Plays the difference making 1-2s and quick passes #coys— Sanjay (@sjybtc) 2 January 2018
Now here's the negatives...
I do not rate Erik Lamela at all, doesn't effect the game, decision making is terrible, no end product.— Phil Griffiths (@philgriffiths5) 2 January 2018
If anyone can list 3 positive things he's done in this game, you win,
May as well play with 10 men when Lamela starts. Has so little impact and is generally anonymous but is considered a cult hero among a section of Spurs fans. Amazes me every time he plays. #COYS #SWATOT— Ray Dervan (@daderv) 2 January 2018
Take Lamela off— Nick (@Nick90_THFC) 2 January 2018
Lamela's inclusion was championed by a number of Tottenham supporters in the lead up to Tuesday's trip to Swansea, with the Argentine used sparingly since his return from injury at the end of November.
Lamela - who scored 11 goals and made another 10 throughout 2015-16 - was sidelined for 13 months in total.
Tottenham's win moves them back above Arsenal, who play third-placed Chelsea on Wednesday evening, into fifth position.
However, Mauricio Pochettino's team have a game in hand on both the Gunners and Liverpool, who sit a place and four points above them.