COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela is under threat of losing his starting place in the side, despite his recent form.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a successful start to the Premier League campaign, scoring an equalising goal in the opening day 1-1 draw with Everton.
Mauricio Pochettino also used the winger against Crystal Palace and Liverpool and he has become an important player at White Hart Lane this season.
However, Spurs were keen to bolster their squad in the transfer window and completed three deadline-day signings including two midfielders, Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
Sissoko completed a £30million deal to join White Hart Lane from Newcastle and will be keen to justify his price tag straight away.
The 27-year-old can operate anywhere across the midfield but was most effective from the right flank for hosts France at Euro 2016.
The midfielder is well known for his powerful and dominant performances and looks set to rival Lamela for a starting spot.
Lamela offers a different approach to Sissoko’s direct runs and often likes to cut inside onto his left foot.
The Argentina international scored 11 goals and provided ten assists in all competitions last season and there is a growing sense there is still much more to come from him.
Another of Pochettino’s recruits is French winger N’Koudou and he completed a move from Ligue 1 side Marseille.
The Frenchman will also be hoping to make an immediate mark on English football and cement a place in the starting XI.
Christian Eriksen recently signed a new four-year deal and he currently plays on the left hand side of the Spurs attack.
Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lamela were mainstays in the club’s midfield last season, but it could be the latter that is sacrificed. Spurs are in the Champions League as well, which means that the squad is likely to be tested and rotations made, but Lamela could find himself in a serious battle to retain a regular place in the starting XI.
In other Tottenham team news, Charlie Nicholas has given his verdict on the club’s upcoming league clash against Stoke.