Argentine press react to Erik Lamela's performance against Germany

Osvaldo Azpilicueta Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur attacker was criticised last year but the winger, who excelled at AS Roma, is enjoying a renaissance.

Erik Lamela was revered as one of the most talented prospects in world football when he was at AS Roma.

In his last season at the Serie A club, the young Argentine provided 56 goal-scoring opportunities (three of which were assists) and scored 15 goals from 86 shots in 33 appearances.

His form was so good that Tottenham Hotspur were convinced to spend big on him in order to effectively act as Gareth Bale's replacement, however, his displays in his debut campaign for the Spurs were lacking.

Fast forward one year and, under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino, Lamela is thriving at White Hart Lane providing three key passes and two assists in just three Tottenham Hotspur appearances in the 2014-15 campaign to date.

Now Lamela has taken that form to the international stage and his performance for Argentina during the 4-2 win over Germany on Wednesday evening was reported on by the biggest media outlet in Buenos Aires; Clarin, who proclaimed Argentina to be "relentless".

Angel di Maria played a part in all four goals but "Lamela was very active and participatory in the attack game throughout."

Clarin also talked-up Lamela's contributions… the way he "made the diagonal run from left to centre in order to combine with di Maria, which allowed Sergio Aguero to enter the penalty area" and he timed his run in order to be "assisted by di Maria, before thrusting the ball past Manuel Neuer with a shot so good it left the German goalkeeper motionless."

Lamela's goal, a sidefooted volley, was no doubt the finest strike in a game that included six goals.

Lamela returns to Premier League duty with Tottenham Hotspur on September 13, when the Lilywhites travel to the North East in order to take on Sunderland.

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