Tottenham Hotspur winger, Erik Lamela, says that he would love to perform this season for the fans.
Lamela was brought in by Spurs for a record transfer fee of around £30 million, but failed to find any sort of form at White Hart Lane last season.
He picked up an injury early on the campaign and never fully recovered, meaning the fleeting appearances he did make on the pitch were thoroughly underwhelming.
The Argentine was brought in with a reputation as a natural dribbler and a potential replacement for Gareth Bale, but he showed no signs of being anywhere near that class – often looking under confident during matches and a peripheral figure.
However, the signs are that he could be hitting top form again and that Spurs fans can begin to see why the club expended so much money on him when buying him from Roma.
During Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s tour of America, Lamela has been a key player showing his creativity and skill in possession and the hope is that he can continue this form into the Premier League season.
And, Lamela himself is looking for a fresh start this year, admitting that he has the talent to perform far better than he did in his first year in England.
“I am happy with my situation because I had a long injury and now I can train normally,” he said. “The tour went well and I feel good.
“This pre-season is very important for me, for my fitness and I’m hoping for a big year.
“I think I can play better than I did last season and I hope this happens for me and for the Spurs fans. I would love to do well for them.”
The 22-year-old only made nine appearances for Spurs last season and it would be a major surprise to see him have such little action again this year.
Pochettino has already spoken about how he considers Lamela to be an ‘unbelievable’ talent and how he expects him to be a key player in his side.
If he does find his optimum form then Spurs are likely to be in a much better position to breach the top four than they were last season.
During the 2013/14 campaign, Spurs often looked a disjointed outfit – with many players struggling to adapt to the tempo of the Premier League.
However, with the stability of a new coach and an anticipation around White Hart Lane that has not been felt for a considerable time the future looks bright for Lamela and his club.
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