The London rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham has been massive over the years, and with the signings of Willian and Erik Lamela it is evident that the two clubs have acquired the services of top quality players.

Despite being close to signing Lamela it was Spurs who initially thought they had signed Willian, with the player completing a medical, however a call from Chelsea persuaded the Brazilian to re-evaluate his options, which led him to snub Spurs for Chelsea.

However have Spurs got the better player? Lamela, aged 21, who is currently having a medical today is four years younger than Willian, and therefore in the long-term it may look as if Tottenham have invested in a better proposition.

With 15 goals to his name for last season, Lamela shows that he could potentially fill the void left by Gareth Bale.

Chelsea have signed Willian for a reported fee of £25.5million, which is less than Spurs' reported fee for Lamela. Despite spending less, Chelsea may have taken a bigger risk with the Brazilian having a disastrous six-month spell at Anzhi Makhachkala.

It is more of a risk to take a player who is not playing in one of the best leagues in the world. The top three leagues in the world - English Premier League, La Liga and Serie A are considerably bigger than others in term of quality.

It would therefore suggest that Lamela has a better chance of adapting to the Premier League through the similarity in physicality between the English and Italian top-flight. 

Although Spurs may have missed out on a key player in Willian, there is no doubt that they have acquired a younger player with much better potential.

At the age of 21 and with 15 goals to his name combined with the quality in depth that Spurs have added to their squad this summer, Tottenham may not even miss the Welsh wizard at all. 

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