Spurs legend Ardiles convinced of great things from new signing Lamela

Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles is excited to see fellow Argentine Erik Lamela now at White Hart Lane.

Lamela signed for Spurs last week from AS Roma.

Ardiles told the Spurs website: “He’s a brilliant player. Of all the really top players Tottenham have bought for this season, he is the one that excites me the most.

“And not at all becomes he too comes from Argentina! It’s simply because of the way he plays. He’s a different type of player; to my mind a real Spurs player.

“These days you could describe a lot of players as manufactured. But not Lamela. He is a natural – and very talented. He is also extremely mature in his game for his age.

“He made his debut at a very young age at a big club like River Plate. And he coped very well with the obvious pressure in what was a traumatic season for the club as they were relegated under the format of the Argentina Primera that takes into account the form of each club over the past three seasons.

“Then the move to Roma – and we all know how difficult it is to play in Serie A. Despite his youth – and remember he’s only 21 now – he had a good record there. He showed his resolve and there is something extra about him as he approaches his football from a very different angle.

“He is never predictable in his play; he’s much more subtle than that. I would sum him up as very skilful at pace."

 
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