Jermaine Jenas said on the LIVE UEFA Europa League Tonight show on BT Sport Europe on Thursday evening that he is still not fully convinced by Tottenham Hotspur winger Erik Lamela.
The former Tottenham midfielder, though, does seem to appreciate the hard work that the Argentina international has put in matches so far this season.
“For me, weirdly enough, one of the biggest things I have noticed about Lamela is his work-rate," said Jenas. "He takes it upon himself is release himself and close down.
"What he is probably trying to do is get the fans on side and trying to get a reaction out of them….
"I am still not fully convinced yet, but he has definitely improved a lot over the last couple of seasons at Spurs."
Lamela struggled with injuries in his debut season in the Premier League, but he was better in the 2014-15 campaign, although he was not consistent.
The 23-year-old, who joined Spurs from AS Roma in the summer of 2013, scored two goals and created as many as 60 chances in 33 Premier League appearances last season.
The Argentine found the target twice and created six chances in seven Europa League appearances.
So far this campaign, Lamela has scored two goals and created one chance in three Europa League matches.
The former Roma star has scored one goal and created 20 chances in eight Premier League appearances so far this term.