This summer transfer window has certainly been one to remember for Tottenham Hotspur. They broke their transfer record fee not once, not twice, but three times during the course of the summer as they splashed out £30m for AS Roma striker Erik Lamela. It is certainly a transfer that Spurs fans will be happy about, as the striker was linked with quite a few clubs in the summer.
A reason why he was snapped up by Tottenham was not so much his strike rate, but his skillful style of play, something Spurs fans enjoy watching at White Hart Lane. Having lost a flair/skillful type dribbler of the ball in Gareth Bale, Lamela won’t so much fill his void, but he will ensure there is still flair involved in Tottenham’s attacks. Lamela’s scoring record at AS Roma wasn’t that bad at all; he managed 21 goals in 67 appearances for the Serie A club, so he is definitely a threat in front of goal and can add to Spurs’ strike force.
Before this season, Spurs were fairly short on striking options following the lack of goals scored by both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor. As a result, they pounced to sign Roberto Soldado along with Lamela to make them a stronger side in attack. Providing he works with Soldado and they alternate their respective positions, it could turn out to be a rather promising few seasons for Tottenham. It is like two strikers working in tandem – one starting out wide, the other through the middle – then alternate either in different matches or in the same game. If they differentiate their positions and their tactics, they will be harder to deal with for their opponents.
Lamela began his career at River Plate in his homeland of Argentina, where he came through the ranks before joining AS Roma in 2011. He is seen as a direct replacement for Bale, and while he may not possess the talent that Bale does, he is a very good asset for Tottenham to have in their squad as his style of play can certainly make things happen for them. He can give them a direct outlet going forward and the way he dribbles the ball will give his team-mates great confidence in him.
If Lamela is able to settle in rather quickly with life at White Hart Lane, then he will do very well from the beginning. But given he is only 21, and still quite young, he still has some growing and maturing to do. It is never easy for foreign players to come to the Premier League and instantly be a hit and settle down straight away. It may take time with him, but I am sure he will turn out to be a top signing for Tottenham.
Lamela also has a versatility about him which is useful for Spurs. Meaning they can play him out-wide, up front, or even in an advanced midfield position. This versatility can only help Spurs and it is something which they use to their advantage, especially within their overall tactics and formation in a game. Lamela, who scored 15 league goals for Roma last season, had this to say about his move to North London:
“I am proud to have played for Roma – I hope to return one day. But now I wish to do well in London with Tottenham. I am ready.”
His creativity will also be seen as an added bonus for Tottenham, and he can pick a pass really well. During his time at River Plate, he was even drawing comparisons to Javier Pastore, as a left-footed playmaker who can create something from very little. This is something that Gareth Bale did at Spurs on numerous occasions, and if Lamela can replicate what he did at Roma for the North London club, then they have a very good, young player in him.
When given license to roam around the pitch and cut inside, that is where Lamela excels in terms of creativity. He will get the ball and instantly look to create or start an attack for his team and will produce some eye-catching dribbling and skills. For the majority of last season, he was played on the wing and he went on to destroy most defenses, which was clearly represented by his stats. He will hope to continue this form at Tottenham, and if he does, he will turn out to be a one of the best Premier League signings this summer.
Written by OneFutbol