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Erik Lamela scapegoated for Tottenham shortcomings at Bournemouth, but player ratings make him 3rd best performer

Erik Lamela bore the brunt of the abuse after Tottenham Hotspur failed to beat Bournemouth in Saturday’s early Premier League game.

The Argentina international was lucky to avoid picking up a second yellow card on a couple of occasions at the Vitality Stadium.

However, it was his lack of creativity that appeared to frustrate fans just as much as his risky tackles.

Lamela was torn to shreds on Twitter.

Even Lord Sugar – who used to own Tottenham Hotspur, but now fills his days by making thick business wannabes fight for his approval – called for Lamela to be taken off.

But Lamela was not taken off. He played the full 90.

And, according to player ratings compiled by WhoScored.com, he was Tottenham’s third best performer!

Whoscored Tottenham player ratings v Bournemouth

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In fairness, Lamela did look strong on the ball, frequently shrugging off defenders as he looked to attack the Cherries from deep.

He also hit the woodwork with a speculative effort from distance.

Lamela’s problem was his attacking teammates. Neither Son Heung-min or Vincent Janssen were able to find space in dangerous areas, so Lamela’s options were severely limited.

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