Erik Lamela best platform at Tottenham to build from in five seasons

Erik Lamela of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Tottenham Hotspur star Erik Lamela has a platform to kick on.

Erik Lamela of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Erik Lamela's form in the first four games of the season has been the topic of much debate among Tottenham supporters over the past month.

He has one goal, and one assist, which both came in the same match away at Manchester City, a 2-2 draw.

Tottenham have so many options that Lamela's up and down form has been scrutinised.

What has gone unnoticed is that for him to be starting four league matches in succession is an achievement itself.

 

Lamela is now in his seventh season at Tottenham Hotspur since his 2013 signing from Roma.

This is just the second time he has started all four opening Premier League matches to start the season.

2018/19: Started 0 games, substitute in 1 

2017/18: Did not feature

2016/17: Started 3 games, substitute in 1

2015/16: Started 1 game, substitute in 2

2014/15: Started 4 games

2013/14: Started 0 games, substitute in 3

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham...

Lamela's lack of starts has been down to injuries, and competition for places.

This season manager Mauricio Pochettino has shown faith in him, and Lamela must build on this.

He has a platform from which to kick on, and Lamela might be able to use his regular gametime to help his won confidence and get into a rhythm.

In his seventh season at Spurs, it's time for him to reach his potential. There can be no more excuses.

It looks like his fitness is holding up, and surrounded by talented players, Lamela needs to finally show what he is capable of.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa is challenged by Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

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