Gary Neville has praised the transformation in Erik Lamela, during Sky Sports’ coverage of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Arsenal.
Spurs travelled to the Emirates Stadium and drew 1-1, with Lamela’s performance one of the most impressive on display.
The Argentine winger was a constant threat for Spurs, and Neville admits that he has made a dramatic improvement under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.
“This Tottenham team don’t give up. They haven’t stopped all day,” Neville said.
“You see him [Lamela] 18 months ago and you thought he was a complete waste of money, but Pochettino is starting to get performances out of him. His work-ethic, his desire – he’s doing the things that you would want a wide player to do.”
Lamela carried the weight of a big price-tag after being signed from Roma back in 2013, and it has taken him a very long time to settle in.
However, the 23-year-old has been given time to impress by Pochettino – and his manager’s faith is starting to pay dividends now.
Lamela has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent performers so far this season, and he showed his class against Arsenal.
The wide man got forward with skill and creativity, while he also put in a huge shift, never giving Arsenal defenders a moments peace throughout the match.
Spurs’ draw against Arsenal has extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches, and lifted them up to fifth in the Premier League table.