After a disappointing first season at White Hart Lane was ended prematurely by a back injury, Tottenham’s record signing Erik Lamela made his return in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders.
Rumours that the Argentine international would be on his way out of White Hart Lane this summer seem to have died down for the moment while the player himself is promising fans a better campaign.
“A footballer always feels lonely when he cannot play for whatever reason and I felt very lonely at times last season,” Erik is quoted in The Sun.
“But I am getting in good shape and am determined to show Tottenham the real Erik Lamela this season.
“I have recovered from my injuries, we have a new manager and I cannot wait to play.
“I am confident you will see a much better me this season.”
Earlier, in the wake of the Seattle game, Lamela took to Instagram to express his delight at being back on the pitch.
“Very happy to be back with the team, thanks to those who always believed in me!”
It’s a question that’s been asked before but will Mauricio Pochettino get the best out of our record signing and will we really, as the player suggests, see the real Erik Lamela this season?