Quick links

Premier League

Lamela impresses despite penalty miss; Twitter reacts

Erik Lamela was handed a starting opportunity by Andre Villas-Boas against Hull City and impressed a lot of Spurs fans.

Tottenham Hotspur made hard work of their Capital One Cup fourth round tie against Hull City, but they managed to squeeze through after an 8-7 penalty-shootout victory after the match had finished 2-2 after 120 minutes.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas said earlier this week that the club's record signing Erik Lamela was so far struggling to settle into English football. Seen as the man to replace Gareth Bale, fans haven't seen the best of the £30 million man yet, and instead it is Andros Townsend who has been taking the plaudits.

AVB said "He knows he isn't producing half of what he can produce, but he understands the situation now is that he has to compete for his place". Lamela himself also knows that he needs to adapt quickly so he doesn't fall out of favour with Argentina before the World Cup next summer.

Erik Lamela was given a rare start on Wednesday night for the cup match against Hull City and impressed for the majority of the game, providing a threat for the Tigers defence.

Spurs fans had been eager to see their club record signing in action after so much had been said about his potential. As the match headed into a penalty-shoot-out Lamela took the fourth spot kick for Spurs but it was saved by Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović.

Despite this fans were quick to take to Twitter and praise his overall performance. 

Other fans were hoping that his penalty miss doesn't have a negative effect, as it could lead to Spurs fans getting on his back. Hopefully people will see past that, as a penalty-shoot-out is often a lottery and you can never ridicule someone with regards to a penalty miss unless it is an unnecessary cheeky chip a la Yann Kermogant in the Championship Play-off semi final. 

Lamela will be happy to get some much needed minutes under his belt, and most Spurs fans will be patient with the ex-Roma player. Gareth Bale took a long time before he started to deliver quality performances. Some people seem to have already made their mind up though about Lamela regardless.

How do you think Erik Lamela did against Hull City? Will he come good soon? Let us know below

image: © hollidaypics

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch