Tottenham Hotspur ace Erik Lamela says fellow Argentine Ossie Ardiles has been a big help in his settling in at White Hart Lane and has vowed to follow in his footsteps, the London Evening Standard report.
Lamela joined Spurs from AS Roma for a club record fee in the summer of 2013, a transfer which garnered plenty of attention as the playmaker was earmarked as Gareth Bale’s replacement.
The 23-year-old initially struggled to settle, making just nine Premier League appearances and a further eight in cup competitions during his debut campaign at the club.
However, Lamela is now seen as a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and he credits former White Hart Lane favourite Ardiles in helping him understand what the club is all about.
“He helped me understand what Tottenham means and what the club represents. Whenever I see him at the training ground we say hello, stop and chat,” Lamela was quoted as saying.
Ardilles spent 10 years during the late seventies, and then the eighties at Spurs and helped the club win both the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup.
Speaking of his impact in North London, Lamela adds that he vows to follow in his footsteps and become a club hero: “I know what he did here and it’s important for me to try to follow that.”
Lamela has been one of Spurs’ outstanding performers this season, scoring two goals and adding a further three assists in just seven Premier League starts.
At 23, he has bags of room for improvement and while he may have cost the club a hefty figure in terms of a transfer fee, he has plenty of time to repay that faith shown him.