With narrowly missing out in the 4th and final UEFA Champions League place, Spurs were looking to go on a huge summer spending spree after the Gareth Bale left for a World Record Fee of £85.3 million to join Florentino Perez’s ‘Galactico’s’, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Isco. Much was expected of Spurs fans who wanted to build a genuine Title challenge side of big money signings, and Daniel Levy didn’t fail to deliver.
After a successful Confederations Cup with Brazil, midfield powerhouse Paulinho sparked interest across Europe big guns including the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Tottenham all battling for Corinthians man’s signature after consistent eye catching performances during the tournament. However Tottenham Hotspur won the race for the in demand midfielder signing him for a club record fee of £17 million, breaking the previous transfer record of former Spurs fan’s favourite Luka Modric from Dynamo Zagreb for £16.5 million. The transfer of Paulinho, Daniel Levy for sure sent a message not only to the English Premier League but to the top teams in Europe. At the start of August Spurs fans must have been licking their lips after they had activated former Valencia striking sensation Roberto Soldado’s contract of £26 million breaking there transfer record again for the second time in the space of a month.
Following other big names signings such as Ajax and Denmark maestro Christian Eriksen, Vlad Chiriches, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue one transfer was maybe the most exciting of them all 21 year old Winger Erik Lamela from AS Roma. Tottenham spent on one of Europe’s most exciting prospect for £30 million, surpassing the club record transfer of Roberto Soldado and Paulinho earlier in the month. The Argentinian follows in the footsteps of Tottenham legends Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa. Much was expected of the young Argentine as he was hailed as the replacement for superstar Gareth Bale, but due to the form of England hero Andros Townsend Lamela has found it tough to break in this fascinating Tottenham side. Some Spurs fans have been critical of the play maker’s performances, but lets not forget it will take time for the young man to settle as the English Premier League is more quicker and more physical compared to the Italy’s Serie A.
He has only been in the North London for just over 2 months, and has not started a Premier League game since his record breaking move. I think some Spurs fans have a short mind as it took Gareth Bale a ‘few years’ at least to show his potential, and burst on the scene to make himself one of the greatest players of today. It may take Lamela a season or so to find his feet but I have no doubt the Argentinian sensation will become one of the best players at Tottenham and even the world in a few years time. The statistics don’t lie as his prolific season saw him grab 15 goals and 5 assists in the 2012/13 season, which grabbed Spurs attention. Lamela has only made 9 appearances in all competitions this season, which he has gained 2 assists setting up a perfect pass for Paulinho’s late goal against Cardiff and one in the Europa League. Once the former River Plate and Roma man begins to gradually start in the Premier League and establish himself in the starting XI, he will defiantly prove his worth at White Hart Lane and show why Spurs paid the £30 million price tag for him.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas recently admitted that the creative midfielder need time and will not be rushed in to the starting eleven as he is still getting used to the surroundings of the North London club, but then continued to say how he is training hard and will prove his worth. And down to that I completely applaud how AVB is managing Lamela as he has done the right thing by not putting so much pressure on him, and will give the bright prospect time to settle. However I strongly believe that Andre Villas Boas will need to give the Argentine game time in the Premier League by starting him, whether that’s playing in the attacking midfield position in behind Soldado or on the right or left flank. The Tottenham boss really does have a selection headache as the form of Andros Townsend would be difficult to drop as he does not deserve it, which prevents Lamela flourishing at this present time.
I do think he will thrive either on the right, central or left of the attacking three formation as Spurs play a dynamic but an attack minded 4-2-3-1 formation. What Erik Lamela gives Tottenham is his ability to play anywhere in the forward three, which Roberto Soldado will thrive apon due to Lamela’s creativity which will occur continuously in time which was much needed since the World Record Transfer of Welsh Wizard Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
‘The future’s bright, the future’s lilywhite’ Spurs fans. As Lamela we feel more at home as the season progresses, he could be the deciding and key factor towards Tottenham Hotspur’s success this season if they finish in the ‘Top 4’ this season or even ‘Title Winners’. This Spurs side has as good chance as the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool to win the English Premier League this season. Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson who was replaced by the so called ‘Chosen One’ David Moyes, the sacking of Roberto Mancini who was later replaced by the ‘Engineer’ former Real Madrid and Villareal boss Manuel Pellegrini and finally the ‘Special One’ has returned ‘home’ to Chelsea Jose Mourinho who has recalled himself as the ‘Happy One’.
Spurs fans have critisised performances of late after grinding out results, most recently against Hull only winning 1-0 thanks to a late Roberto Soldado penalty. But Spurs fans should stay optimistic as results like these could define to be a success this season. But the fans have not been impressed by the lack of goals in the side who have only managed to score 9 Premier League goals in 10 league games. Deffessively Tottenham have been sound only conceding 5 league goals this term thanks to the heart of defence of full back Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen.
So when Lamela does get his shot of a first Premier League start which AVB said will come soon, the young argentine will have to be ready and prepared as he will need to sustain his place and show consistant performances if he wants to get on the plane to Brazil to make the 23 man squad. Lamela will have to pull something out of the bag which he is more than capable of which he more than proved at Roma if he is going to start for Argentiana National Team as they are spoilt for choice for attacking options with the likes of Messi, Aguero, Di Maria, Lavezzi and Higuain.
The road to Rio starts now Erik, Spurs are a attacking team which suits his philosophy and will need to thrive when he get’s his chance. This will be the most important year of the 21 year olds career, so he will need to set the Premier League alight with his creative and technical ability so he will be able to set the world alight in the World Cup Brzil 2014.
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