VIDEO: Tottenham's Lamela larking about with team-mates on flight home

Erik Lamela looks far more comfortable than he ever has at Tottenham Hotspur.

Last summer Tottenham Hotspur lost their star player when Gareth Bale swapped North London for Madrid in a world record deal - and the task was quickly given to director of football Franco Baldini to replace him. The Italian quickly decided to go back to his former club AS Roma - and splashed out £30 million on Argentine international Erik Lamela.

It turned out to be one of the dud deals of the summer. Lamela barely played with a chronic back problem a major contributory factor. However, he also failed to settle in to his new club, culture and language - a point openly admitted by Tottenham boss at the end of the season Tim Sherwood.

But this summer the club appointed fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager and Lamela has looked a different player. He has looked exceptional in pre-season - scoring goals and showing off his mazy dribbling skills for Spurs fans, perhaps for the first time.

But it is not just on the pitch he looks more comfortable - but on the pitch as well.

Lamela has been far more active on social media this summer, posting pictures and videos on Instagram and Twitter highlighting his excitement at the upcoming campaign.

Today he has posted a video of him doing something he rarely did at White Hart Lane last term - having a laugh.

He and youngster George Dukes decided to prank fellow first-season struggler Roberto Soldado whilst on a flight back from the US - deciding to throw tissues on the Spaniard while he was trying to have a little siesta.

Lamela seems more comfortable, much happier and in general more excited at Spurs than he ever did under Andre Villas-Boas or Tim Sherwood.

Whatever the reason Spurs fans won't care - as long as they finally get to see a return on their investment.

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