Time is running out for Érik Lamela to force his way back into Argentina reckoning before the World Cup but the former River Plate forward has returned from injury in fine form for Tottenham Hotspur and scored in Saturday’s victory over Swansea in the FA Cup.
Without leading scorer Harry Kane, Spurs were in need of inspiration and while Christian Eriksen was the game’s standout performer, Lamela was an impressive understudy.
Eriksen’s superb strike had given Spurs an early lead at the Liberty Stadium and despite Heung-min Son having a second ruled out for a tight offside decision, Lamela eventually doubled the advantage.
Rolling his foot over the ball a couple of times, the Swansea defence stood off Lamela and the 26-year-old stroked the ball into the bottom corner with his weaker, right foot.
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Eriksen wrapped up the win in the second half as Spurs cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals, dreaming of a first trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008.
Lamela has now been directly involved in five goals in five FA Cup matches this season (two goals and three assists) and aside from his fine goal, the Argentinian worked tirelessly for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
If Lamela can continue reproducing such form on a consistent basis, he is an outside bet for a place in Russia. Given Coco’s ability to play off either flank or through the middle, when at his best there are few better options.