Erik Lamela singles out Spurs team-mate for special praise

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Dom Le Roy

Erik Lamela has sung the praises of his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Paulo Gazzaniga after the goalkeeper joined him in the Argentina squad.

Gazzaniga joined Tottenham from Southampton in August of last year on a five-year contract and has patiently waited for his chance to impress.

The 26-year-old made his Premier League debut in a man of the match performance against Crystal Palace last season which proved to be his only senior appearance of the campaign.

However, this season he has made the most of his chances when both Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm were sidelined through injury and now appears to have overtaken Vorm in being Lloris’ understudy.

His impressive performances in his five starts this season have earned him a call-up to the national side and Lamela has paid tribute to Gazzaniga who has also previously played for Gillingham for the work ethic he displays in training.

Lamela and Gazzaniga are joined in the squad by Juan Foyth.

“I’m so happy for them because they deserve to have a chance in the national team,” Lamela told ESPN. “They’re young and doing good, and for me it’s better — I like to go all together.

“Paulo is showing in every training session that he can play in the Premier League, and when he played he did amazingly. I’m so happy for him, but he didn’t surprise me because I know he’s an amazing keeper.”

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