Erik Lamela joined Spurs from Roma for £30million this summer. He hasn't had the best start to the season, but could be a special player for the club.
The winger has made three starts in the Europa League and four substitute appearances in the Premier League. He has no goals and two assists to his name, and has became subject to criticism after not bursting onto the scene in spectacular fashion as many people expected.
However, always the optimist, I think it's harsh to criticise him so quickly as I see Lamela as an amazing prospect with the potential to become one of the world's greatest.
His £30million price tag says enough about him already - Roma were clearly unwilling to let him go, and Spurs thought he was good enough to break their transfer record to sign him.
It's early days, both in his Spurs career and in his career in general, as he is only 21 years of age, giving him plenty of time to improve. His record before Tottenham is impressive, with 19 goals in 62 appearances for Roma, and before than four goals in 36 appearances for River Plate in Argentina.
At just 21 he has made over 100 first-team appearances and scored over 20 goals, along with 14 assists, showing the mark he's made on Serie A and the Argentinean league.
Doubts have been raised about Lamela, saying that he can't play in the Premier League, or that he is going to take a long time to gel. However I believe it's only natural that he will need time to gel, as he is young and needs to get used to a country and style of play that's different to what he's used to.
He also has a lot of pressure put on him too by fans, as they expect him to perform to the standards that reflect his price tag. Once he has gelled and settled into the team, he will perform better in the league and impose his ability on the English game.
So, at 21, as an experienced, skillful player with immense speed and dribbling ability, as likely to dribble around players as he is to cross the ball, added to his mean shot, proven by his impressive goalscoring record so early in his career, Erik Lamela has the potential to become great for Tottenham and in the Premier League. He simply needs time.
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