Erik Lamela faces most important period of his Tottenham Hotspur career

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on December 26, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane appears to be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with injury.

Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on December 26, 2017 in London, England.

Erik Lamela is surely facing the most important part of his Tottenham Hotspur career, with Harry Kane out injured.

It is not yet clear how long Kane will be out for, but it seems that the striker could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Heung-Min Son looks likely to become Tottenham’s main striker with Kane sidelined, which will leave a gap open in their starting line-up.

Lamela and Lucas Moura will be the two most obvious players to get a run in Tottenham’s first-team, and the former appears to have a slight edge currently.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at the Vitality Stadium...

Pochettino has generally brought Lamela on before Moura, and if the Argentine does get a run of games, it could be the most crucial spell of his Spurs career.

Lamela missed over a year with injury before coming back into Spurs’ team recently, and it is fair to say he is not yet without his critics.

The £30 million signing from Roma is still under pressure, and his future at Spurs appears to be far from certain.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move back to Italy for some time, and while Pochettino remains an admirer, he arguably does need to start contributing more.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at The Liberty Stadium in...

Lamela has not scored in 17 Premier League appearances this season, and has just three assists to his name.

While the winger does have a great deal of talent, he needs to start adding more end product to his game, to justify his place in Tottenham’s attack.

And if Lamela really wants to make a success of his time at Tottenham, then he will never have a better chance than in the next few weeks to prove his worth.

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