By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Erik Lamela scored a 35-minute hat-trick as Tottenham ripped Monaco apart in the first half of their Europa League clash on Thursday night.
Spurs’ record signing took the goalscoring mantle for the in-form hosts at White Hart Lane in the absence of rested duo Harry Kane and Delle Ali.
Lamela opened the scoring in the second minute with a side-footed finish from Ben Davies’ pull-back, added a second after 14 minutes when he latched on to Son’s header and then clinched the first hat-trick of his career with a driven right-foot finish from the edge of the box after 37 minutes.
Tottenham were 3-0 up at half-time, which was due reward for a first-class performance that is set to eliminate Monaco from the Europa League.
It came after manager Mauricio Pochettino left in-form pair Kane and Alli on the bench, with Sunday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle.
The one downside for the hosts was that midfield anchorman Eric Dier was withdrawn in the opening period after sustaining a knock to his shin.
He left the field as a precaution, with Pochettino and his staff hopeful that it will not keep Dier out of the Newcastle match at White Hart Lane.