Where are all those haters who had written off Eric Lamela? The critics who disparaged our new winger will now be laughing at the wrong end of their mouths. His touch, his presence and more importantly the impact Eric made against FC Sheriff will give confidence to not only himself but to his teammates as well.
Just for starters, I am not in any way declaring Lamela is going to win the Ballon d’or because of his commanding performace but I am going to mention that he will grow and develop his undeniable talent with time. The glimpses of skill demonstrated against FC Sheriff, illustrates why Barcelona were so desperate to sign him from his native Argentina at the age of 12.
His moment of the match was the penalty he won and the mastery dribbling he exhibited. In a single move, the balance and composure he applied to bamboozle the opposition defenders had them at sixes and nines. The foul in the box was undeniable and the penalty decision was undisputed.
One hindrance to Lamela, which has been obvious, is that thing they call confidence. The only substance money cannot buy. In its possession you can do mighty things and without it you will be very desperate. But if these early signs are anything to go by, then we really have a talent on our hands who has in abundance a frightening depth of untapped potential.
Another hope of optimism is that our former No.11 Gareth Bale, like Lennon and other more text book wingers rely greatly on pace, agility and raw speed to beat their man. In games where space and time on the ball is limited, such qualities are nullified. Yet Lamela, has justified why he is known to be a dribbler and we will need a lot more of those twinkle toes, to work its magic in the league.
So is he now Messi or Ronaldo? No. We are being realistic here. The boy is a fighter with the courage to do what is necessary. After that awful penalty against Hull, I feared the worst for him to be honest. But he has not stopped believing and he is finding his feet with every passing game. Let’s expect the best from him but not too soon. One day for all we know he could be competing with Messi and Ronaldo and if you think Spurs lack the aptitude to develop players onto the world stage just ask Mr. Bale just how much we helped him grow.
Sometimes the real dilemma is, we see people we love as how we wish them to be and not how they really are. Let’s see Lamela and all the lads for who they really are and not the hype we create in our minds. Up the Spurs! To Dare is to do! Anything is possible!
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