The 24-year-old has been regularly involved in his country’s Copa America tournament, underlining his development at Spurs.
Tottenham’s Erik Lamela is having a positive tournament in this summer’s Copa America, featuring in each of Argentina’s opening matches and finding the net after starting in last night’s 3-0 win against Bolivia with a long range free kick.
The Spurs star took to Twitter today to share his happiness at his performance, as he finds himself becoming a more influential figure for his national team.
— Erik Manuel Lamela (@ErikLamela) June 15, 2016
It was only Lamela’s second goal for his country in what was his 19th cap, but was further evidence of how much he has developed in the last 12 months.
It is no secret that Tottenham’s record signing struggled when he first arrived in the Premier League from Serie A. Much was expected of the Argentine as Spurs looked to make light of the departure of Gareth Bale, and as a left footed, skilful wide right player, it’s fair to say Lamela shouldered much of that burden.
Despite an improved second season at White Hart Lane, the 24-year-old was still being linked with a departure last summer. But the season just gone marked a huge turning point in his career. Spurs in general seemed to process Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing tactics better as they challenged for the title, and a key man in that was Lamela.
The winger’s tenacity and commitment, coupled with his existing skill and improved goal ratio (he scored 11 times last season) saw him become one of Tottenham’s most important figures, meaning fresh reports of interest from Inter, such as in the Sun, are much less likely to be entertained by the White Hart Lane hierarchy this time round.
And after Argentina look to have benefitted from Lamela’s good club form this summer, Spurs may well get a stronger, more confident star back for next season depending on how far his country can go in the Centennial Copa America tournament.