£30m Spurs man backed to shine: 'In Argentina he was called the new Messi'

Tottenham Hotspur legend Ossie Ardiles has backed Erik Lamela to shine next season at White Hart Lane.

Lamela, 21, has not enjoyed the best spell at Tottenham so far this season, although having only played 352 minutes of Premier League football, it could be argued that he hasn't really had a fair crack of the whip either.

The Argentinian international is currently out of action with an unspecified injury for an unspecified amount of time, although according to a tweet from his brother he could be back in action next month. 

However, with the World Cup fast approaching the young star will be eager to impress Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella to ensure he is on the plane to Brazil for the summer tournament. 

And former Tottenham Hotspur player Ossie Ardiles has backed his counntryman to live up to the expectation that his price tag brings, despite the slow start.

''I have a lot of confidence in him,'' he told skysports.com. 

''His background is as a top, top player. 

''In Argentina he was called the new Messi when he was with River Plate; in Roma he was called the new Totti, so his background is very good.''

Ardiles also pointed out the reason why the player may have not hit the ground running, adding: 

''The pace in English football is much more difficult. It's much quicker and it's difficult to adapt immediately, so he did not start well and he's not really played. He's injured too, which hasn't helped.

''He is a very young player. I'm pretty sure he has adapted to the English way of living, that's the easy part. The most difficult part is playing in a new team and something just needs to click and I'm sure if something clicks, he will be a very, very good asset for the club.'' 

Lamela will be grateful for the backing, especially from a player with over 200 caps for Tottenham and 50 for Argentina. 

The future of the 21-year-old at White Hart Lane is very much in his hands. He is a player with an incredible amount of ability and potential and with the right application, he could build himself a legacy at the club. 

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