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Report: Tottenham easing first-team man back to fitness – why he can provide an x-factor

Erik Lamela is still not in full training with Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report by Football.London.

The injury prone Argentine has made cameos off the bench for the North London club during their last two games against Chelsea and RB Leipzig.

The 26-year-old Tottenham playmaker is reportedly being eased back into action in order to avoid any complications to his injury. 

Lamela is currently only engaging in gym sessions as Spurs boss Jose Mourinho looks to get him back fit and firing.

Tottenham are currently in a precarious situation in terms of their attack considering that Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are set to be out of action for the long-term.  

This means that Spurs players such as Lamela, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn in particular need to come to the forte.

Tottenham also need to regain their confidence quickly. They have lost their last two games in all competitions and now face a challenge to reach the latter stages of the Champions League and finish in the top four.

Things were looking on the up for the North Londoners following their mini-revival under the guidance of Mourinho but Spurs have been unlucky during recent weeks with injuries.

Regardless of what happens to Tottenham this season, it will not be fair to judge Mourinho based on what happens.

He needs to have a fully fit squad and be given time to make chops and changes before one can fairly critique his work.

Lamela – an X factor?

With fewer options for Tottenham in the final third currently, a fully fit Lamela would certainly be welcome.

The Argentine has had and up-and-down time of it at Spurs, but has shown when he plays consistently that he can make a difference in the Premier League.

Mourinho will like Lamela’s tenacity off the ball and the South American has looked surprisingly sharp when introduced to the action recently.

Despite missing Son and Kane, having Lamela as an added option will make things look less bleak for Tottenham.

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