The recent Tottenham pre-season tour to North America saw Erik Lamela emerge as if from ugly duckling to swan.
Here are the links to the individual performances of our 22-year-old Argentinian against MLS sides:
Erik Lamela v Seattle Sounders
Erik Lamela v Toronto FC
The third leg was against Chicago Fire and his performance is below. The important aspect of his performance is not just the skill or indeed the renewed confidence although that plays a huge part, but his vision.
There are several passes to pick out teammates that suggest there is more in the locker than simply being a good dribbler who has a shot on him. Players with vision separate themselves from the rest so his confidence to play the balls and start his Spurs career afresh is pleasing to see.
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It is important that the attacking players around him have the same vision, then a side becomes difficult to defend against. Pre-season has started well in tat respect with Lennon showing vision and touches, together with Eriksen and Soldado as a front man to bounce balls off.
We still need to develop and get Soldado in more striking opportunities but progress is being made.