After the world-record breaking transfer of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, Spurs were left with a vast amount of money at their disposal.
Introducing eight new signings in the summer transfer window, manager Andre Villas-Boas made good use of their funds.
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur completed the transfer of Erik Lamela from Roma during the later stages of the transfer window for a deal worth an initial £25.8 million, plus up to £4.2 million in bonus payments.
Two previous records set earlier in the transfer window, first for Paulinho and then Roberto Soldado was broken by this fee for 21-year-old Lamela.
The Argentine international is yet to enjoy a regular run in Villas-Boas' first-team since making his £30m move from Roma in the summer.
Scoring 15 goals and providing five assists in 33 league appearances last season, Lamela’s stats appeared impressive and many were expecting big things from the potential replacement for Gareth Bale.
Lamela has made no real impact within the Tottenham Hotspur squad so far this season and has certainly not yet proved he is worth the record breaking fee Spurs paid for him, however, manager Villas-Boas is confident Lamela will, in time, begin to produce the class and quality Spurs expected when they signed him in August.
‘’He's a player with tremendous potential that we have to work on. He's a wonderful, gifted footballer. For somebody so gifted, adapting shouldn't be a problem.’’ AVB was quoted by the Daily Mail.
Despite not seemingly considering him in his first team plans recently, AVB remains a big fan of Lamela, he is again, quoted by the Daily Mail: ‘'I think the qualities he brings are his creativeness, his ability to find the last pass that leads to a goal. He's a natural talent. He's not a pure, pure winger; he's creative and likes to come inside and find different spaces.’’
Lamela himself has admitted to the poor start made to his Tottenham Hotspur career and ihas confessed to struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Whether it’s due to solid, impressive performances from other player contending for Lamela’s place, or Lamela’s lack of match fitness, it is clear he is not playing at the top of his game so far this season, however, it is early days, and with patience from the manager and fans alike, there is still plenty of time for the 21 year old, record breaking, new boy to prove his worth.
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