'The potential to be a great player' - Pochettino raves about Lamela

Mauricio Pochettino believes that Erik Lamela has a bright future at Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino appears to be keeping the faith with Erik Lamela, despite his inconsistencies so far this season.

Lamela has been handed a second chance by Pochettino since he took over, after failing to impress during his first season in England.

The former Roma man looked off the pace last year, but his new Argentine manager has still entrusted him to play a vital role for Spurs this time around. 

So far this faith has not entirely paid dividends, even if he has showcased flashes of ability, but Pochettino is still happy with Lamela's progress and he feels he will become a brilliant player if given time. 

"So far we are happy with him, he has been consistent in training and he has the talent and potential to be a great player," Pochettino said to the Standard.

“We need to understand that in his case, when he arrived, there was a lot of pressure on his shoulders. You need more time to show your best form.

“At the start of this season he trained very hard and with the time and consistency that he showed in those sessions, it’s normal that one day you start to show your best qualities.

“He has a lot of potential. All players need to have confidence and to feel good in order to give their best.”

Lamela has played 26 times already this season and scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham against Burnley last weekend.

It was a strike which should relieve some of the pressure building on him to perform and the hope is this can give him the confidence to kick on. 

The 22-year-old has dazzled with his dribbling skills at times, but he has also been guilty of being on the outskirts of matches and until he can become more consistent he is unlikely to fulfil the obvious potential that Pochettino speaks of. 

There has been reports that Lamela could be set for a January move back to Italy, where he enjoyed such success early in his career, but Pochettino's comments earlier today seem to suggest that he is part of the long-term plans at White Hart Lane. 

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