Tottenham face League Two outfit Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Rodney Parade on Saturday, and Spurs fans have demanded that Erik Lamela, rated at £22.5m according to Transfermarkt, starts in south Wales.
While Spurs will want to advance to the fifth round of the competition, Mauricio Pochettino may choose to rest some of his stars against Newport and give some fringe players an opportunity to impress.
Lamela is one of those following his return from a long-term hip injury in November, and he has only started on three occasions since then – including in the previous round of the FA Cup against AFC Wimbledon.
Tottenham supporters were quick to have their say on the 25-year-old Argentine via social media, and while one said “I see no reason for Lamela not to start”, another said “I swear if Lamela doesn’t start against Newport…”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I think lamela and Toby will both start. Dele and vertonghen on bench
— Adrian Toner (@AdrianToner) January 27, 2018
I think Lamela will get a go today
— 🐔⚽ Mort ⚽🐔 (@HypeMort) January 27, 2018
Brave man. I’d swap Lamela in there somewhere. Maybe for Wanyama
— Andrew Wain (@PurpleWain) January 27, 2018
Vorm, Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko, Alli, Lamela, Llorente is my prediction.
— Mark Lomas (@MLomas1988) January 27, 2018
I see no reason for Llorente not to start tomorrow, and Lamela, and Sissoko
— Mr Spurfect (@MrOKanenas) January 26, 2018
23s travelling and playing very different things. Expect Trippier, Sanchez, Wanyama, Lamela, Dele & Llorente all to start
— Lilywhite Rose (@lilywhite_rose) January 25, 2018
If Erik Lamela doesn’t start against Newport…..I swear to god Poch.
— Chrpr (@akaChrpr) January 24, 2018
I swear if Lamela doesn’t start against Newport…
— Daniel. (@Danderweireld) January 24, 2018