£30m Lamela must be ecstatic at Pochettino appointment

Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela will hope Mauricio Pochettino's appointment at Tottenham Hotspur can kick his Spurs career into life.

So it is confirmed, Mauricio Pochettino is the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur - replacing the departed Tim Sherwood and charged with getting the club into the Champions League. The former Espanyol coach has worked wonders at Southampton. His team plays a brand of high pressing, short passing that is almost a blend of the Spanish and German models and in doing so Southampton have just had their best campaign in a long time.

But for Tottenham Hotspur his appointment might just help them revitalise their most expensive commodity - Erik Lamela.

Tasked with being the direct replacement for Gareth Bale in the team he has struggled since his £30 million arrival from AS Roma. While a persistent back injury would not have helped matters, Tim Sherwood once alluded to the fact he was homesick during his time as head coach.

In the Spurs team Lamela would have been one of only two Spanish speakers, learning a new football culture is one thing but as a young lad who doesn't speak the language it can be even harder.

Pochettino is also an Argentine, and with that in mind he can be an ally for Lamela. At Southampton Pochettino has developed an almost 'uncle' like friendship with the younger players. His joy and jubilation when congratulating the likes of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw on international call-ups was clear to see - it was family like.

Lamela seems to be a player who needs this type of attention - having it from a countryman and speaker of his native tongue will only improve his outlook off, and hopefully on the pitch.

Lamela has a summer to get fit and if Spurs decide not to sell him to Inter Milan he will return to a club run by a man who really does seem perfect for his future.

Time will tell if Pochettino can, or is given the chance, to turn the fortunes of Spurs' £30 million flop around. And don't bet against it.

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