Mauricio Pochettino is waiting for Erik Lamela’s return but admits that Tottenham Hotspur would still have struggled against West Brom even without the Argentinian international.
Tottenham were able to beat Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday, but they struggle against West Brom and needed Harry Kane to help them salvage a point.
Although the Spurs controlled 72 per cent of the game, they failed to create clear-cut chances and suffered from a lack of pace.
They were even almost beaten by Solomon Rondon in the final seconds.
Tottenham failed to break down a team which lead them to question if they need Lamela to come back to give them the attacking spark they need.
Pochettino, on the other hand, does not want to place the blame on Lamela’s absence for their draw against West Brom but admitted that they are waiting for the Argentinian midfielder’s return.
“Lamela is still not in the condition to play,” Pochettino said.
“We are waiting for him, but it’s not Lamela today.
“With Lamela or without Lamela… when you drop points you always you the player that didn’t play.
“When you win against Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund – when it’s good – you never ask me about the players that don’t play, no?
“I understand but of course I want to have everyone fit and available to be selected. Lamela is now one year not playing.”