Chris Waddle predicts when Tottenham will see the best of Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela

Lamela has had a good start to this season, but have Spurs fans seen the best of him yet?

Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Chris Waddle has said the club have yet to see the best of Erik Lamela and believes it will be another season before the Argentine produces his best form at White Hart Lane.

Lamela struggled in his first season at Spurs after being signed for a club record £30 million in the summer of 2013 from Roma. A combination of poor form and injury problems as he tried to adapt to life in English football held him back somewhat, but this season under Mauricio Pochettino there have been several encouraging signs from the Argentine. 

As a result, his early season form saw him called up to the Argentina international squad and has become an influential playmaker in the top end of the field, as he seems to be having more and more joy unlocking opposition defences. 

But Waddle told the London Evening Standard that after playing in a slower league like Serie A, it is going to take some time before the league sees Lamela operating at his best.

The former England international said: “I think the Italian league is very slow it's very open, until you get into the 18-yard box you don't really come into contact with players.

“You could get to 38-40 and play in Italy, I could play in Italy for a season.

“I think Lamela enjoyed that, it was more possession and you bide your time until you get to the penalty area, but he comes to the Premier League where all of a sudden it's 100 miles per hour,”

“He's adjusting, he's getting better and people forget he's still young, next year - hopefully he'll improve this year - and next year, if he's ever going to do it, it'll be next season.”

If Waddle's theory is borne out and there are parallels to what he is saying, then as the season goes on, injuries permitting, Spurs should see continuous improvement from their player - and with the side developing a greater understanding of how to play under Pochettino, the side's cohesion is likely to improve as well.

There have been flashes of class from Lamela, and if there is more improvement to come, he could make a lot of people in the Premier League sit up and take notice - and make a few others eat their words.

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