Tottenham's Erik Lamela improves impressively on his first season

The Argentine has increased his numbers in all areas, with assists proving to be a particular area of development.

If there is one player that has embodied Tottenham’s recruitment drive in the 2013 summer window, it is Erik Lamela.

Signed for a sizeable fee from Roma, big things were expected of the Argentine in his first season in the Premier League.

Things didn’t turn out that way though as he struggled to adapt in England, failing to hold down a regular place as the likes of Andros Townsend became star names. Things have improved under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, though, so we decided to compare his stats to see just how much he has improved.

  SeasonTotal Scoring Att GAMEOntarget Scoring Att GAMEGoalsTotal Contest GAMEWon Contest GAMETotal Att Assist GAMEOntarget Att Assist GAMEGoal Assist
Erik Lamela 2014-2015 1.1 0.3 2 3 1 1.8 1.1 7
Erik Lamela 2013-2014 0.8 0.2 0 1 1 0.6 0.3 1

First and foremost we’re going to use his per game stats as he’s made 33 appearances this season compared to just nine in his first season. Starting with goals, he’s improved with two this campaign compared to none last year.

Sticking with attacking, he’s registered more shots per game this season, going from 0.8 per game to 1.1, while his on target scoring attempts per game have improved marginally from 0.2 to 0.3

On the dribbling front he has also improved, having three efforts per game this season compared to just 1.8 last season, while he has also won more contests per game, 1.6 compared to 1 last season.

When it comes to assists, Lamela has shown a remarkable improvement. His number of attempted assists has risen from 0.6 per game to 1.8 while his on target assists per game has risen from 0.3 to 1.1. That has seen him lay on more goals in total, with seven assists to his name in 2014/15 compared to just one last year.

An improvement across the board for Lamela, proving that the additional game time has aided his development, even if there is still much to work on. Tottenham fans will hope that the Argentine will continue to improve next season as they look to challenge for a top-four finish.

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