Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has thrown his weight behind the club's record signing Erik Lamela and has assured the Argentine international he has a future at the club, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Lamela was a record £26 million purchase for Spurs last August from Italian giants Roma, bought in by previous big spending boss Andre Villas-Boas and after a difficult start to life in North London the 22-year old Argentinian International has had his confidence somewhat restored by the support shown by new boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Lamela is a high quality talent as shown during his time in Italy, and at just 22-years of age, Pochittino's public show of support is exactly what the young man needs to build his confidence up and get him firing for Spurs in his second season.
Former Argentinian defender, Pochittino, seems determined to get the big money signing back on track despite interest from a number of clubs, Italian champions Juventus being one that want to provide him an opportunity of a new life Turin.
The Tottenham boss has spoken with Lamela and outlined his vision for the club and where he believes his fellow countryman belongs within his team strategy, just the tonic the talented Argentine needed and one that will give him plenty of confidence going forward.
Lamela has responded to his dismal first season in London by returning to his homeland and River Plate to work on his fitness with a view of getting back to form with the club that has shown faith in him.
Lamela will know that injuries and lack of form cost him a place in Argentina's World Cup squad, an experience that will without doubt make him a better player, but one he will not want to repeat.
Pochittino already seems to be making his mark at the club, and one of his outstanding attributes appears to be his ability to manage each player individually and understand what makes them tick, Lamela being a classic example.
The attitude of Lamela will please the new Spurs man and one gets the impression if anybody can get every inch of ability out of the record signing, Pochittino is the one.
He will be hoping that the rest of the Tottenham squad shows the same character and determination after a season of underachievement.
He will also know that in football management you are never safe, and the tough talking Argentine will need to bring out the best in his players if he is to remain at the helm of Spurs.