Fans have reacted with pure joy on social media over Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to name Erik Lamela on the bench for the game against Leicester City on Tuesday night.
Lamela has been out of action for over a year due to hip problems, and missed featuring against West Bromwich Albion due to the birth of his first child.
Spurs are aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 1-1 draw with WBA at Wembley on Saturday, which has left them 10 points behind the league leaders.
Here are the best reactions to Lamela being on the bench for the first time in ages:
I got way too excited to see lamela on subs????❤️
— alice❄️☃ (@wyattsalive) November 28, 2017
— Tune (@tune1986) November 28, 2017
Lamela off the bench to win it idc
— . (@SuperJan___) November 28, 2017
— Jack Chambers (@JackChambers4) November 28, 2017
LAMELA OH MY GOD https://t.co/IY0AXu8oNM
— Noel Aznable. ⌱ (@13_DeVilZ) November 28, 2017
We made a new signing? Who's this Lamela guy?? #HesBack
— Will (@RealDGGHD) November 28, 2017
Finally, my favourite player back!!
— LouieScutty (@LouieScutt) November 28, 2017
— Christopher ???? (@ChrisWrighteous) November 28, 2017
I’ve waited 13 months to see yer da get triggered by a floppy mohawk, hypnotic eyes and the odd wayward pass. Welcome back Coco. pic.twitter.com/tH16uVGI5y
— James Harris (@JamesCHarris97) November 28, 2017
— ???????? (@Aldertonghen_) November 28, 2017
SPURS ARE IN FULL CRY HERE, LAAAMMMMMEEELLLLAAAA 1 2 3
— Jack ???? (@jretchford_) November 28, 2017
After the West Brom game, Pochettino declared Tottenham’s title bid as “effectively dead”, due to the huge points gap, despite it only being November.
Last season, Spurs finished runners-up to Chelsea with 86 points and a goal difference of +60 but it looks like the manager has already ruled out going one better this season.
However, it is not all sad news for Tottenham, as they easily qualified for the Champions League Knockout stages after several impressive wins, including a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid.
Though Tottenham know they can’t afford to lose focus in the league as they want to be in the Champions League next season as well, and the battle to be in the top four is close.
Spurs have already dropped points to three of their rivals for the positions, losing 2-0 to Arsenal, losing 1-0 to Manchester United and suffering a 2-1 defeat courtesy of Chelsea.
Even though Leicester City haven’t won any of their last three league games, Spurs will be wary of how much they are improving under new boss Claude Puel.
In other Tottenham news, a Sky Sports panel has destroyed Spurs’ aspirations.