Erik Lamela: Tottenham Hotspur's Bale replacement has a Ronaldo swagger

Tottenham's Erik Lamela scores their second goal

Erik Lamela made a big impact for Tottenham in their Premier League opener.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goalTottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goal

Tottenham ace Erik Lamela scored an impressive header against Everton on the opening day of the season to salvage a point for his side.

The Argentine looked more confident than ever in a Spurs shirt, and could very easily have won the game with a rasping effort which was well saved by Maarten Stekelenberg.

Lamela is in his fourth season in English football, and looks primed to step up and really become a mega star.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Everton's James McCarthyTottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Everton's James McCarthy

The winger was brought in to replace Gareth Bale in 2013, and found his first couple of seasons a struggle, mainly due to injury, but also partly due to simply having to adapt to the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino has been a good coach for him, and last season especially the signs were there that he is really beginning to grasp what it is all about.

Lamela was impressive in pre-season, and has carried on that form into the Premier League campaign, with the game at Goodison a perfect example of what he is capable of.

Whenever he was in possession he wanted to make an impact, and stretched the Everton defence all afternoon.

In 2011/12 Bale netted nine league goals for Tottenham. The following season he reached new heights, netting 21 times in the division.

Lamela looks primed for a similar step up. Whether he can reach Bale's heights is another matter, having just five goals lat season to build off - but he is already off the mark this campaign.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela scores their first goalTottenham's Erik Lamela scores their first goal

Against Everton, Lamela was more reminiscent of Bale's Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, possessing a swagger about him - less exaggerated of course - but it was one which said he knew he could change the game.

Whether it was his direct running, or his willingness to drop a shoulder and find an incisive pass, Lamela was difficult for the Everton defence to get near, and his header showed a bravery the Madrid man would have been proud of.

Even the celebration - pointing at himself - was a little too Ronaldo-esque for comfort.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goal with Harry KaneTottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goal with Harry Kane

This is all a good sign for Tottenham, who want Lamela to step up and become a leader for the team. At 24, age and lack of experience is no longer an excuse, he needs to deliver - and on Saturday he looked like a player who knows he can.

Now he has to continue this form for the next 37 games, and help Tottenham stay in this season's title mix.

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