Mauricio Pochettino explains why Erik Lamela's fortunes changed at Tottenham

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action

The attacker has established himself as one of Pochettino's key men.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has spoken of Erik Lamela’s qualities, in quotes published on the club’s official website.

The 24-year old enjoyed his best season for Spurs last term and is now a firm favourite among fans after a difficult start to life at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela

"I think Erik has matured a lot," said Pochettino. “Today, he’s a different player to the day we arrived (at Spurs). Always, young players need time and different players sometimes need more time.

"Erik has good qualities, a big heart, works a lot and his season was fantastic."

Lamela arrived from Roma in the summer of 2013 as part of the post-Gareth Bale spending spree and suffered a miserable debut campaign that was cut short by injury.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

He improved during the following season - clearly benefiting from Pochettino’s arrival - and his transformation was complete last term.

The Argentine’s willingness to hunt down the opposition and his consistent provision of assists has made him a mainstay in this new-look Spurs team, and judging by Pochettino’s comments, his hard work does not go unnoticed.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action with Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez

Spurs have been linked with attacking additions such as Michy Batshuayi and Franco Vazquez – by the likes of the Mirror and Sky Sports respectively– and Lamela may find his starting position under threat should Hotspur Way see some new arrivals.

Of Tottenham’s attacking four – Lamela, Kane, Eriksen and Alli – it is the Argentine that will be most under threat should a new talent arrive, yet his mentality when times were tough at the Lane suggests he will not go down without a fight.

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