Pochettino praises Lamela after AEL cameo: He will show his value

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The Tottenham boss was impressed with his side's second half performance against AEL Limassol.

Erik Lamela's sensational cameo in the Europa League naturally pleased his manager Mauricio Pochettino, but the man now in charge at White Hart Lane was quick to put the performance into context, while assuring Spurs fans that they will see the best of the winger.

The Tottenham manager was happy to discuss Erik Lamela's brief Spurs career after the player starred in a 20 minute spell at the end of the match to turn the game in the London side's favour.

The ex Roma man didn't have the best of debut seasons last year, following his £30 million move to White Hart Lane, initially being eased into the first team by Andre Villas-Boas, before struggling for form in the Premier League, and culminating in several injuries impacting his availability in the second half of the season and Argentina's World Cup campaign.

But an impressive preseason under fellow Argentine Pochettino was followed up by a super appearance off the bench away to AEL Limassol, where the 22-year-old set up the equaliser for Roberto Soldado with a wonderful flighted cross field pass, before assisting the winner for Harry Kane just minutes later.

"It is never easy in the first season for a player from another country," said the Spurs boss after the game. "It is true that it was difficult for him.

"He was injured, too, and we are confident with him that with time and hard work, like he has done in pre-season, that he can go far.

"He was very disappointed about last season but the past is the past.

"We need him to look forward, believe in his skill and condition and work very, very hard. With confidence and time he will show his value."

It wasn't only Lamela that impressed Pochettino from the bench, with fellow subs Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele also helping turn the game around.

"You always nominate players on the bench who can have an impact and all three subs had an impact on the game.

“All players played well, it’s difficult for me to say one name," added the former Southampton manager. "Lamela, Chadli and Mousa all made an impact and that’s important. I’m very pleased for Harry and Roberto, strikers always want to score and they both scored. It was good to win the game.”

With two wins in two, Pochettino's Tottenham side will now host QPR and their many former Spurs men. 

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