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5 players who could benefit from Jose Mourinho's arrival at Tottenham

  • Following Jose's shock arrival in north London, here we look at five first-team players who could benefit from the Portuguese's management..
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:06 IST

4. Erik Lamela

Lamela has flattered to deceive and it could prove a case of now or never for his future under Mourinho
Lamela has flattered to deceive and it could prove a case of now or never for his future under Mourinho

Sticking with an Argentinian theme, Erik Lamela is another player that could benefit under Mourinho's management. It's fair to say he has underwhelmed following a £30m move from Roma five years ago, but that's not all his fault either. A serious hip injury derailed his progress at a crucial juncture for over a year between October 2016 and November 2017, while he's struggled with personal issues and consistency since. 

He was rewarded for his commitment and hard work behind-the-scenes with a contract extension last summer by Pochettino, who rated the winger highly enough to regularly feature in his plans - despite not always being the best or most suitable option at times.

However, Mauricio is gone now. Lamela has three goals and three assists in 13 games (all comps), but even those goal contribution stats are skewed. Half of them were in last month's 5-0 UCL home thrashing against Red Star Belgrade - not exactly top opposition.

Having failed to score or assist since mid-September in the Premier League, the winger's combined creative tally after 200 club appearances - 32 goals and 44 assists - doesn't make for good reading.

At a time where their starting eleven is far from settled, he hasn't featured in any of Spurs' last three matchday squads. That's alarming but the 27-year-old should take strength from the fact that working hard in training to impress Mourinho will see him earn another chance to prove he's worth retaining going into 2020 and beyond.

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Published 21 Nov 2019, 19:34 IST
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