Stats: FIVE key areas Lamela has made vast improvements in this season

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela has made vast improvements in five key areas this season.

Few players in the Tottenham Hotspur line-up have profited from Mauricio Pochettino's arrival more than Erik Lamela.

The Argentine winger has been boosted by his compatriot's appointment as manager and now looks like a player with a point to prove, after being written off by many observers after last season.

Lamela struggled to adapt to the English game following a mega-money move from Roma last summer, as the expectation around his ability seemed to weigh him down.

A once tricky winger in Seria A, he looked cautious, out-of-form and lightweight. 

However, this season he has made a resurgence. Although it would be misleading to suggest that he is the finished article, there have been signs of promise and the hope that he can turn into a star in the future certainly doesn't seem too far-fetched an idea. 

Pochettino has put his faith in Lamela to perform and he has repaid it in abundance.

Just taking a look at the stats it is clear that the 22-year-old has improved in every area of the game compared to his performance last season.

  SeasonGoal AssistChances created GAMEPassing AccuracyPasses GAMEDribbles GAMETouches GAMEShots GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Erik Lamela 2014-2015 3 1.8 80.1% 38.8 5 66 1 7 600
Erik Lamela 2013-2014 1 0.6 80.1% 20.1 1.8 29.4 0.8 9 326

Lamela is taking more shots, making more passes and is getting on the ball far more often than he did in the previous campaign.

The Argentina international already has three assists as reward for his fine start to the campaign and considering he only made one in the entirety of last year is a staggering improvement. 

If these areas weren't enough, there is another which shows just how much his confidence has improved. Lamela is now attempting five dribbles per game, as opposed to just over one last season.

It is a remarkable transformation from struggling summer signing to creative fulcrum of the team. If he manages to keep up this sort of form, then he won't just pay back his £30 million price-tag in the future - he'll prove to be invaluable at White Hart Lane. 

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