John Carver claims Erik Lamela is biggest example of Pochettino's management

Erik Lamela

John Carver has hailed Erik Lamela's improvement at Tottenham.

Former Newcastle boss John Carver has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he has been impressed with Erik Lamela's improvement under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs picked up another huge victory on Sunday afternoon, beating Manchester City 2-1 away from home to move just two points behind league leaders Leicester City.

Now a real title challenger, manager Mauricio Pochettino has been earning plenty of plaudits for the way he has turned a previously shaky Spurs side into arguably the most impressive team in the Premier League.

A number of players have impressed and improved, with Erik Lamela a notable candidate for the most improved player at White Hart Lane this season.

The Argentine was signed from Roma as Gareth Bale's replacement back in the summer of 2013, but hit only one goal and three assists in his debut campaign in North London.

Last year saw an improvement with four goals and seven assists, but this term Lamela has been superb, hitting eight goals and four assists, whilst also impressing with his exceptional work rate out wide, fitting into Pochettino's pressing style.

Now, former Newcastle manager John Carver has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Lamela's improvement in the biggest example of Pochettino's management, hailing his development as an all-round player this season.

"The biggest example is Lamela," said Carver. "I remember going there, playing against Spurs; Lamela was great going forward, but wasn't prepared to run backwards. Now he's doing both! He's buying into the manager's theory and the way he wants to play. It's the only way he's going to stay in the team, and I think players realise that - it's hard to get in that team now."

"It does take foreign players a little bit of time to get used to the Premier League, and when he came into the Premier League, he had a big transfer fee on his head, all these expectations, and [Pochettino] has given him time. He's put him in the team, took him out of the team, he put him back in the team, now he's back in that team, he doesn't want to come out of it," he added.

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