Erik Lamela is back in training after a difficult first year at Tottenham spent mostly off the pitch, but the Argentinean is now fully fit and ready to make an imminent impact under Spurs' new coach Mauricio Pochettino next season.
Lamela was pictured in last week's first outdoor training session with the new Spurs' coach Pochettino. Now fully fit, Lamela, is ready to impress at White Hart Lane and he should be a key player in Pochettino's plans.
Playing alongside Christian Eriksen, the Argentinean could play a crucial role on the left-flank, serving Roberto Soldado of top-class crosses to increase scoring opportunities. The 21-year-old struggled to make an impact last season due to difficulties in life and football adaptation in England away from his family.
Difficult first season
But it has now been a year since Lamela moved from AS Roma for a deal worth an initial £25.8 million plus up to £4.2 million in bonus payments, breaking Tottenham's transfer fee record.
With his previous club, the exciting Argentinean midfielder had scored 15 goals in 33 appearances during the 2012-13 Serie A campaign, putting him joint-fifth best scorer in the top Italian division and second best striker for his respective club at the time.
Concerning his achievement in North London so far, Lamela played only nine Premier League games last season in 17 appearances, in which he managed to score one goal and assist three with a 86 per cent shooting accuracy and 82 passing accuracy.
Other appearances were mainly in the Europa league where he assisted Jermain Defoe's opener in his first start, in a 3-0 win against Tromso IL at White Hart Lane. Two days later, he assisted Paulinho's stoppage-time winning goal after appearing as a substitute in Tottenham's 1-0 win at Cardiff.
On the up
But the youngster was yet to make a Premier League start as former Spurs' head coach Andre-Villas-Boas, at the time, claimed: "He knows he isn’t producing half of what he can produce" - seeing more the bench than the grass.
It was after he scored his first goal for Tottenham in a 2-1 Europa League win against Sheriff that he made his first Premier League start.
It was a dramatic first one for the young Lamela as Spurs were trashed 6-0 by Premier League's champions Manchester City, but to recover from it he made his second in a 2-1 win at Fulham, eight days later.
Lamela last started in AVB's successor Tim Sherwood first game in charge in a 3-2 victory against Southampton. Since then, the Argentinean faced a knee-injury with a followed serious back-injury that left him out for the remaining games of last season.
Tipped to shine
Speculation of a potential move back in Serie A for the youngster at the end of last season was straight away ruled out by Lamela's brother after he let everyone know, in a tweet, that his brother is happy at Tottenham and is looking forward for next season.
The 21-year-old midfielder will travel with the rest of the squad for a pre-season in the USA to prepare for the forthcoming Premier League season that Spurs will start against West Brom.
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