Erik Lamela could make himself undroppable at Tottenham by playing the way he did against Everton every single week.
That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 28-year-old regularly had him “pulling his hair out” thanks to his inconsistent performances.
The Argentine forward kept his place in the starting XI from the win over West Brom and scored Spurs’ second goal in the 5-4 FA Cup defeat to the Toffees.
It was Lamela’s eighth start in 19 appearances across all competitions and his first goal since the League Cup win over Chelsea back in September.
McLeish admitted he was a big fan of the former Roma man on his day and insisted he could nail down a spot in the starting XI by playing the way he did on Wednesday night.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Lamela was a guy they brought in around the time Bale left, part of the super seven or something. There were a couple we knew but they weren’t household names.
“I always feel when they come to England they get a real shock. If it’s guys like Cavani, the superstar guys who have immense mentality, they seem to be able to adapt much, much quicker.
“Lamela, he’s undoubtedly gifted but sometimes you’re pulling your hair out saying: ‘Where is it today, why aren’t you doing it on a consistent basis?’ He has got a definite quality.
“If he plays the way he played last night in every game, then it’d be hard to leave him out.”
Lamela, who played as an attacking midfielder against the Toffees, has been utilised all across the attack by Jose Mourinho, including as a centre-forward.
He has a total of 241 appearances, 36 goals and 46 assists under his belt since moving to north London.