Why Heung-Min Son could be the perfect example for Erik Lamela to follow at Spurs

Erik Lamela

The two attacking midfielders could prove themselves to be vital weapons for Tottenham this season.

Spurs fans will undoubtedly be encouraged by the start Heung-Min Son has made at the club since moving from Bayer Leverkusen, but it could well be that the South Korea international's presence at White Hart Lane could have other positive knock on effects.

Already, Erik Lamela has raised his performances in the last couple of weeks, and it isn't unreasonable for the forward to be inspired by the attitude and impression the Bundesliga arrival has made as he looks to finally fulfil his own potential.

Son arrived at Spurs for a transfer fee not much less than the Argentine, with the BBC reporting the amount to be £22 million, only £4 million short of the initial fee they reported for Lamela.

Yet unlike the former Roma man's difficult arrival at the club, that saw then manager Andre Villas-Boas look to gently introduce Lamela into the Spurs squad, with the player then going on to struggle for the entirety of his first campaign, Son has been immediately involved, proving himself a key member of the Tottenham side.

Son missed the 0-0 draw with Everton after signing as he waited for international clearance, but has since started the last three matches for Spurs, scoring three goals in the process and impressing with his determination and attacking threat.

The way he has quickly acclimatised to English football may leave Lamela somewhat envious, but if it drives him to tweak his game to come close to matching his teammate, it can only be a positive. Both players will be challenging for similar roles in Mauricio Pochettino's side, but last weekend's match proved both could star on the pitch at the same time.

Lamela played a vital role in the forward's goal against Crystal Palace on Sunday, winning the ball on the edge of his own box, and then carrying it forward into the centre of the pitch before releasing it to Christian Eriksen, who then assisted Son.

Arguably, the presence of another hugely talented attacking player of a similar age and price tag should take some of the pressure off of Lamela, even if for some, the Argentina international should have already proved himself.

But regular spectators at White Hart Lane will know that there is still a possible world class player within Lamela, and if it takes someone else to encourage him to display dominant, match winning performances, than Spurs will only be better off for it.

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