Tottenham Hotspur suffered a 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday night after an excellent Pedro effort and an own goal from Kieran Trippier - but Spurs fans have chosen to criticise Erik Lamela on Twitter.
Lamela, 26, was one of four changes made by Mauricio Pochettino as the Argentina international started alongside Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane in attack.
But the former AS Roma star proved ineffective for Spurs, as David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta mopped up everything at the back with aplomb. Spurs failed to have a single shot on target.
Pedro gave Chelsea the lead after excellent work down the right flank, turning Toby Alderweireld inside out before squeezing a shot through Hugo Lloris' legs. The second goal was calamitous.
Indeed, Kieran Trippier and Lloris' lack of communication saw the defender pass the ball behind the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Spurs are now nine points behind leaders Liverpool.
Lamela failed to make anything happen and his contribution to the match was ended when Pochettino decided to substitute the winger and bring on target man Fernando Llorente. Spurs fans, though, are fed up with the winger.
He is now in his sixth season at Tottenham after joining the club from Roma for £30million (Guardian) in the summer of 2013. He has since made 183 appearances in all competitions, but a lot of Spurs fans want him sold this summer.
Season falling apart here. Surely it’s time to get rid of lamela...— justin smyth (@justinsmyth1) February 27, 2019
Just get rid of the weak link players, simple. Trippier v Man City, Aurier not good enough Saturday. Need rid of Lamela too. Too much dependence on first team, squad not strong enough.— David Woods (@davewoods73) February 26, 2019
Need to sell a few in the summer: Lloris too many basic errors, Trippier and Davies not good enough, Lamela runs like a headless chicken, Eriksen no desire whatsoever.— Rodders7s (@Rodfather73) February 27, 2019
Is it possible to sell Lamela at half time?— jack phillips (@jbsphillips) February 27, 2019
Lloris cannot be our captain anymore. Trippier and Davies are championship players at best. Lamela is never going to be the star we hoped for. Eriksen should be dropped. Top 4 is all but gone and Poch will also be off in the summer.— YidArmyAndrew (@YidArmyAndrew) February 27, 2019
Spursy is well and truly back now.
Lamela: not good enough, baffled me how he got given a new contract in the summer?— Harry C (@HazSpur92) February 27, 2019
Trippier: Lost for words, poor defender, can only take the odd set piece which has papered over severe cracks in his game
Davies: Average, speaks volumes Vertonghen better at LB
Lloris argh #CHETOT
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