Tottenham's record signing gave a man of the match display against QPR, and the stats suggest he is up there with the Premier League's very best.
Any player that is signed for a £30 million fee is going to have to be able to manage to pressure such an enormous amount of money places on an individual.
And last year, Erik Lamela, for various reasons, was unable to justify the record transfer Tottenham forked out for him.
It didn't help that Lamela, just 21-years-old when he moved, came to a new country and culture without knowing the language, and experienced problems with injury and form in what was a Spurs season that boasted more than just a couple of under performing players.
But Mauricio Pochettino's arrival, has helped turn the uncertainty around the former Roma star around, with Lamela putting in two superb performances in four days.
First he emerged from the bench in the side's visit to AEL Limassol in the Europa League to assist both Tottenham goals, rescuing a win from a losing position. Then against QPR on Sunday he put in his most complete Spurs performance yet, full of attacking threat and vigour, and setting up two more goals in a 4-0 win.
|Team||Pos||Goal Assist||Total Att Assist||Successful Take Ons||Touches|
|Mile Jedinak||Crystal Palace||MF||1||1||0||83|
With just one game to go of this round of fixtures, Lamela has currently set up more goals than any other player so far. But on top of that are other aspects of his all round game. He was on a par with Eden Hazard when it came to successful take ons, with the two players the only ones that managed to dribble past an opposition player 6 or more times. He also saw a lot of the ball, managing an impressive 82 touches to imply that he is fully capable of becoming a central attacking figure in this Spurs side.
|Team||Pos||Won Tackle||Duel Won||Interception Won||Passing Accuracy %|
|Mile Jedinak||Crystal Palace||MF||5||17||4||71.64|
Lamela's defensive and pressing work really caught the eye during the win, with the winger strong when it came to winning tackles, winning duels for possession and intercepting balls, tasks more commonly associated to more defensive players. Looking at five of the most creative players this weekend, he outperforms anchorman Gareth Barry in all three categories, only losing out to Crystal Palace captain Miles Jedinak. Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas possesses a better passing accuracy and more touches that the 22-year-old, but did significantly less dirty work for his side.
No other winger boasts such strong stats in these categories as the Argentine, though notably, Christian Eriksen runs him close, and coupled with a passing accuracy close to 90%, it is clear to see that a Lamela on form could wind up being one of the best attacking players in the division.
Were you impressed by Lamela's performance against QPR?