Erik Lamela: You have not seen the best of me yet

Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur's record signing has spoken out ahead of what he hopes will be a season of promise.

It's fair to say Erik Lamela had one of the more forgettable debut seasons at Spurs.

The club's record signing - bought from Roma for £30 million - stuttered in his first campaign in north London and eventually fell well out of favour at White Hart Lane, struggling for game time.

  TeamPosGoalsAssistsDribbles WonAppsMins
Erik Lamela Spurs MF 0 1 9 9 326

As Opta stats show, the Argentine failed to score once in the Premier League last term, registered just one assist and only won nine dribbles - an average of one per game.

But the 22-year-old struggled with injuries back then and his two assists against AEL Limassol in the Europa League this week suggest he may be ready to offer much, much more this season.

In Lamela's own words, we haven't seen the best of him yet:

“You have not seen the best of me yet and you always have to improve. I don’t know how far I can go but I will try my hardest to make my team win," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“My aims this season are to train to the maximum and continue to improve as a footballer. I am still young. I think I can improve a lot but it depends on me. This season I want to help my team and my team-mates to reach our aims.”

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Lamela's contribution helped Spurs to a 2-1 win against the Cyprian side on Thursday, while another Eric - Dier - scored the winner when Tottenham beat West Ham in the league last weekend.

A new London derby awaits this time around, as Mauricio Pochettino's men square up with former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp on Sunday, when QPR visit the Lane.

Will Lamela shine this season?

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