Erik Lamela's pre-season performances suggest he is about to become a Spurs superstar

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentine has struggled for consistency since arriving at Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela in action

It is fair to say Erik Lamela has taken his time to win over the Tottenham Hotspur faithful after a big-money move from AS Roma back in 2013.

When he first arrived at White Hart Lane he was only 21, and back trouble prematurely ended a campaign in which he scored one goal and provided four assists in 17 appearances.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates with team mates after scoring their second goal

The following year he netted five times and set up an additional 10 in 46 games, but too often fans were left frustrated by his inconsistency. However last season he looked to have turned a corner, performing well more often than not and finishing the campaign with an impressive 11 goals and 10 assists.

That leads us to now, with another pre-season coming to end and Lamela looking like a player on a mission.

Erik Lamela scores the first goal for Tottenham

His latest strike, against Inter Milan, was a wonderfully composed effort, the Tottenham winger controlling the ball with one touch before dispatching it into the top corner with another. And both his goals and all-round performances suggest this could be the campaign when he finally becomes a bona fide superstar in North London.

The doubters remain, but he looks refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead; a player who at 24 will know he is approaching his peak and needs to finally have the great season Tottenham fans have been waiting for.

He certainly has it in him, and after three years in England he could be about to show what all the fuss was about when he first arrived.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela scores their second goal

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