The Argentine has impressed in recent performances.
Tottenham Hotspur’s enigmatic Argentine Erik Lamela has the capacity to delight and frustrate in equal measure but signs have appeared in recent games that maybe, just maybe, he’s finally turned a corner.
After an underwhelming start to the season, the 23-year old came on for an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s win over Sunderland, which culminated in an assist for Ryan Mason’s winning goal.
He was rewarded for his showing with a place in the starting line-up against Qarabag in midweek, and went on to produce a 90 minute display that summarised his time at Spurs.
A clipped ball over the top would have seen him through on goal if his touch didn’t let him down, and his strike against the post with the goal at his mercy made it seem as if another of ‘those’ nights was on the cards.
He got his rewards in the end, however, with a delightfully-taken goal in the closing stages of the game, and it was another indication of the quality he possesses.
For all of his hard-work and endeavour, it’s the moments where he fails to make a simple pass, control a simple ball or run straight into the opposition that drive the White Hart Lane crowd to distraction.
Despite those shortcomings, he is constantly involved and doesn’t shy away from his responsibilities. Defensively, he is Spurs’ best attacker at tracking back and regains possession a great deal over the course of an average game.
In an attacking sense, his numbers are up there with the best at the club in terms of chances created and assists per minute, so while his performances are not always the prettiest on the eye, they are often effective.
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Yesterday’s showing against Crystal Palace was the best of the bunch and he was a thorn in Papa Souare's side all game, while providing excellent deliveries throughout.
His role in the winning goal, where he battled against several Palace players before launching the counter-attack, highlights the unexpected qualities he brings to Spurs and while he isn’t worth £30 million and will never be a world-beater, he could have a big part to play this season.