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Saturday 10 December 2016

Pochettino calls on Lamela to prove his worth to Tottenham

Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur's record signing Erik Lamela needs to prove his worth this season, according to compatriot and manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs secured the Argentine midfielder's services from Italian side Roma for a £26million in 2013, but the 23-year-old has struggled to perform consistently over the past two seasons.

Now in his third season at Spurs, Lamela has scored two goals in 46 league appearances, a poor return for a player who found the back of the net 19 times for Roma in the Italian top flight over two seasons.

Lamela came off the bench to assist Ryan Mason's winner in Sunday's 1-0 win over Sunderland, giving Spurs their first Premier League win of the season and, ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Azerbaijani side Qarabag, Pochettino has spoken of this being a key season for the player.

"We believe we can develop his game and I think we need to be patient with him," Pochettino said.

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