Christian Eriksen explains what makes Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela so unique

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action

The Argentine's progress has not gone unnoticed by his teammates.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action

Chrsitian Eriksen has lauded the talents of his Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela, in quotes published on the club’s official site.

The Argentine initially struggled in England but truly came of age last season and has now established himself as a vital component of Mauricio Pochettino’s exciting team.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela

“He’s different to some of the other players we have,” said Eriksen. “He likes a tackle and it’s good to have someone a little bit different.

“He’s shown that he’s a very talented, very good player. Of course he was unlucky in his first season with injuries, he didn’t play as much, but now he’s playing regularly, he’s giving back the confidence the manager is giving him and you can see he’s a really talented lad.”

Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the second goal for Tottenham

Lamela typically played alongside Eriksen and Dele Alli in the attacking trio behind Harry Kane and it is a setup which reaped huge rewards for Spurs.

The club enjoyed a fantastic season last term and will be anticipating their return to the Champions League after a four-year absence.

Attacking reinforcements will likely be drafted in this summer, meaning Lamela could face a battle to retain his starting spot.

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The 24-year-old will be unfazed by this however and, as Eriksen suggested, it is Lamela’s uniqueness that makes him such a useful member of the squad.

Pochettino has transformed the midfielder from something of a show pony into an aggressive, battling presence which has proved critical for the high-pressing game Spurs strive to employ.

Lamela has taken his league form onto the international stage and has impressed for Argentina as they march towards a Copa America title.

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