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The past year was a difficult one for Tottenham Hotspurs’ new signing, Erik Lamela. The Argentine winger made a name for himself at Roma, where he was a devastating weapon for the Serie A giants. When he moved to England for close to 30 million euros, many were expecting that form to continue. However, Lamela struggled to make any sort of impact. He spent most of his time on the treatment table or the substitutes’ bench.
With a year to learn the English game and improve his fitness, Lamela looks closer to his best form. He has contributed three assists in eight Premier League games, while he has a goal and two assists in the Europa League with Tottenham. He may not be at the level we saw in Rome, but it is only a matter of time before he becomes a world class footballer in England.
Lamela’s most recent outing was in the Europa League, where he scored an absolute screamer of a goal in front of his home crowd. While goals from that distance are quite common, it is very rare to see a player score with a “rabona” kick.
A “rabona” refers to a kick where the player puts one foot behind the other and strikes the ball. When the ball fell to Lamela, a right footed shot would have been expected. However, the Argentina attacker got his left foot behind the right and still managed to get enough power and whip to put the ball past the goalkeeper.
Spurs will be hoping Lamela can continue his good form as they try to mount a challenge for the top four places in the English Premier League this season. Although Keith Mann feels it’s still a difficult fight for them. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are sure to take the top 3 spots, Southampton are on fire, and if Manchester United can get it right they have the attacking threat to really shake up the table.