Erik Lamela’s passion – and goading of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere during the last North London derby – has seen the Argentine become a firm favourite with the Tottenham Hotspur supporters.
The 26-year-old missed a lot of football due to a succession of hip problems, but returned to action in the latter stages of 2017, and has been a regular in recent months.
Indeed, the Argentine has now wracked up 22 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham this season – scoring once and providing five assists for his Premier League club.
It was Lamela’s birthday at the weekend, and Tottenham’s official Twitter account was on hand with a special message for the Argentine.
As expected, the Spurs fans responded with their own praise.
There is no getting away from the fact that Lamela, who is believed to be on £70,000 a week at Wembley, is just outside of Tottenham’s strongest XI when Mauricio Pochettino has a fully-fit squad, but the club’s supporters love him.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 4, 2018
I’m in love with the Coco
— Bud (@Aldertonghen_) March 4, 2018
Happy birthday. Decent player when you’re injury free and you wind the right people up. One of the good guys. #COYS
— Richie (@richiekpuk) March 4, 2018
One of the best players in our squad.
— Marcus childs (@MarcusCOYS16) March 4, 2018
If not for the injuries he,s been recieving of late. Class.
— i am (@simonis_hesbon) March 4, 2018
Happy birthday Coco! I admire your intensity you've shown in every game you play💪
I hope will find your goalscoring form soon.
You'll know your birthday present on Wednesday 😉
— Ziad Tannous (@ziadtannous) March 4, 2018
One of the most passionate players in the game today. Te amo @ErikLamela
— Alex Greenberg (@AGreenberg22) March 4, 2018
Watching this makes me love Lamela even more! 😍💙🤷🏻♂️ happy birthday coco!
— Ethan Mosely (@ethan_mosely) March 4, 2018