Tottenham forward Erik Lamela has won the Premier League Goal of the Season award for his stunning Rabona in the north London derby.
Lamela, who came on as an early substitute for Son Heung-Min in the game against Arsenal at the Emirates on March 14, gave Spurs the lead shortly after 30 minutes. The Argentine wrapped his left foot around the back of his right to drill the ball into the bottom corner.
However, the derby ended in disappointment for the Tottenham man as he was later red-carded and Jose Mourinho’s men lost 2-1.
The stunning strike against the Gunners was not the first time the Argentina international had scored a Rabona for Spurs.
The 29-year-old did likewise in a Europa League win over Asteras Tripolis at White Hart Lane back in October 2014.
Lamela’s award-winning strike was the only goal he scored in whole of the 2020/21 league season in 23 appearances.
It’s the second year in a row a Spurs player has won the award. Son Heung-Min’s amazing solo effort against Burnley during the 2019/20 campaign also triumphed.
Alli advised to quit Tottenham
Meanwhile, Tottenham have been told to sell troublesome Dele Alli and boost their summer transfer budget so they can freshen up their squad ahead of next season.
After another difficult season, Alli’s future remains under some doubt. The midfielder made just 16 starts in all competitions and scored only three goals as he failed to win over ex-boss Jose Mourinho. More opportunities came his way after the Portuguese coach was sacked, but he was still unable to make much impact.
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The 25-year-old has since admitted that 2020/21 was the most difficult year of his career. And after he came close to departing for PSG in January, it has been put forward that starting afresh elsewhere could be beneficial.
Former Spurs ‘keeper Paul Robinson recently argued that new surroundings would get the best out of him once again.
Now, Danny Mills has explained why he feels a switch away from the North London club is needed. He cited the disruptive impact he has on the squad.
Asked if it is time for Alli to leave by Football Insider, he said: “Yes. If it’s not working, you can’t have mavericks in a team game. If somebody’s upsetting the team ethic you have to move them on.
“Maybe he needs a fresh challenge, we’ve said it many times.”