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Erik Lamela’s Tottenham season is exactly as good as you think it is

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The stats say: he’s good!

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What you’re looking at here is the statistical radar visualization of Erik Lamela’s play for Tottenham Hotspur thus far four the 2018-19 season, courtesy of StatsBomb. It’s real good.

Lamela has been somewhat of a revelation this season after his successful recovery from two hip surgeries that kept him out of Tottenham’s lineup for over a year. Since he wormed his way back into the starting lineup, he’s been difficult to dislodge: in just 721 minutes of action over 13 games, Lamela has scored 6 goals and notched 3 assists. The six goals is second on the team behind Harry Kane’s 10, and he’s behind only Kieran Trippier in assists across all competitions.

But I keep looking at that radar. It’s fantastic. Not only is Lamela clearly having his best season in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt (the last one I could find was from 2015-16), it’s his best radar since he left Roma, though that was done on a different template.

Sploosh.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but as I get ready to cook and eat a giant turkey tomorrow, I’m thankful for Erik Lamela and the joy he has brought to my Tottenham Hotspur fandom this season.