Why reported target Franco Vazquez could be everything Erik Lamela is not for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur Fans

The talented midfielder could be on his way to White Hart Lane this summer.

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The need for Tottenham Hotspur to strengthen ahead of a return to the Champions League is clear and according to recent reports by the likes of The Sun, Palermo midfielder Franco Vazquez could well be the first arrival.

The Sun’s report claims Tottenham will formalise their interest this week and the 27-year old would certainly make for an interesting acquisition.

Vazquez’s playing style is one of languid technique coupled with impressive physicality. At 6’2, the Italian is an imposing figure and he uses that considerable bulk to great effect, bouncing off challenges and expertly retaining possession.

His dribbling skill, excellent vision and eye for goal will have Spurs fans excited over the link but it is worth highlighting the many comparisons Vazquez has with a current Tottenham man - Erik Lamela.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action

Both players are unusual in that they are tall for attacking midfielders and can be considered ‘dribblers’ without having the pace to blitz past opponents in the fashion of an Eden Hazard or Alexis Sanchez. They are both of Argentinian heritage, have both shone in Serie A and are both left-footed.

Yet Lamela’s fortunes have proved that success in Italy does not necessarily translate to success in England. Ahead of his transfer from AS Roma in 2013, Lamela was considered one of the brightest young talents in Europe and his signing was seen as a major coup.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham fans were expecting a world-class arrival and instead got a young man who appeared out of his depth and who struggled to cope with the pace of the Premier League. Injuries hampered the early part of his Spurs career but when he did play he was often ponderous and guilty of giving the ball away - a source of great frustration to the Spurs faithful.

His fortunes changed under Mauricio Pochettino – as has his playing style – and while he does not look like becoming the world-beater he once threatened to be, he has established himself as a vital member of this new-look Tottenham team with energetic, aggressive performances and a great ability to provide assists.

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Would Vazquez suffer a similar fate?

While sharing a great deal of similarities with Lamela, the Palermo man seems far more suited to cope with the Premier League primarily due to the very physical nature of his style. His ability to retain possession when under pressure is reminiscent of a certain Mousa Dembele and the way he uses his size to brush opponents aside suggests he would feel right at home in the rough and tumble of English football.

Vazquez offers an intriguing blend of strength and finesse and could prove to be a hidden gem if Spurs can secure a deal.

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