Erik Lamela sheds light on his tough start at Tottenham

Tottenham's Erik Lamela

The Argentine has since become one of Spurs' key men.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele warm up before the gameTottenham's Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele warm up

Spurs star Erik Lamela has opened up about the trials and tribulations of his journey at the club, in an interview with Spurs TV.

The Argentine is now a critical component of Mauricio Pochettino’s exciting squad but his start to life in England was tough and it was a period only unwavering self-belief could get him through.

“It was difficult for me in the first year,” said Lamela. “I was injured for a long time but that can happen, it’s football.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela (L) and Southampton's Victor Wanyama in actionTottenham's Erik Lamela (L) and Victor Wanyama in action

“Always my mind was in Tottenham and I knew that my moment would arrive. I was confident in myself, always. This is very important, I always trusted in myself and working hard every day was the solution.”

His hard work is clear to see for anyone who watches Tottenham and he is worlds apart from the fancy dribbler many thought the club had signed prior to his arrival.

Lamela’s game is now characterised by incessant aggressive pressing of the opposition, hard tackling from the front and an incredible work ethic, something the 24-year old feels is simply the way things are done at Spurs now.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Argentina at VenezuelaErik Lamela and Lionel Messi

“Yes, but this is the way that the team plays,” he added. “We fight for everything for the team, we all want the same thing and that is to win.

“I think the team has helped me a lot, I have helped the team also. We helped each other last season and all together we pushed in the same way. All we want to do is bring Tottenham up a level and we are trying to do that.”

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Stoke's Ibrahim AfellayTottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay

The former Roma man certainly did help Spurs last season and his contribution on the ball shouldn’t be overshadowed by his defensive capabilities.

Lamela managed five goals and nine assists in 34 Premier League appearances last season and, alongside Christian Eriksen, is the best provider of a killer pass at the club.

The Argentine will likely face stiff competition for his place next season, with Heung-Min Son odds on to improve upon last term and new signings set to arrive, but his never-say-die attitude will give him an excellent chance of holding any would-be usurpers at bay.

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