Erik Lamela has enjoyed a relatively profitable opening to 2014-15 by bullying teams in the Europa League but the long wait for his first premier league goal finally came to an end during yesterday’s win over Burnley. It was a typically spectacular effort too – cutting in from the right before curling the ball with his left into the far corner.
The Argentinean still has some way to go but praise from Head Coach Maurico Pochettino after the game suggested that a boost to Erik’s fitness could be the key to the player using the goal as a turning point.
“It is important for him. We need to understand Erik is still young, he has a big talent but it was difficult his first season in England,” Pochettino told reporters.
“This season he is fit – in the beginning it wasn’t easy for him to play but he just needed time.
“Today was great for him because he needs to build his confidence, to be more strong and when we saw his performance today he is happy because it is another step in the right direction.”
The win lifts us up to sixth for a few more hours at least and Lamela will get his next chance to impress when Spurs travel to Leicester on Boxing Day.