Erik Lamela has spoken in glowing terms about Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris, amidst the inspired run of form that the goalkeeper is currently experiencing.
It is fair to say that the season did not start in the fashion that Lloris would have hoped for, having made errors against the likes of Brighton which also saw the shot stopper suffer a dislocated elbow (Metro).
However, the Frenchman has been in fantastic form since returning from his spell on the sidelines earlier this year, and has continued on from where he left on since the restart of the Premier League campaign.
The 33-year-old has not only saved Spurs vital points recently but he has also seemingly been receptive to Jose Mourinho’s demands of being more demanding of his teammates, as demonstrated by his altercation with Heung-min Son during the half time break against Everton.
Lamela praised Lloris’ ability as a shot-stopper as well as his leadership qualities.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the midfielder said: “He (Lloris) is one of the greatest guys that I have met in football.
“He is a person who is a leader in the dressing room and he shows on the pitch that he is one of the best in his position, one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”
Now being one of the more experienced members of the Spurs squad, Lamela has also taken up some of the leadership mantle.
The 28-year-old, who has now completed seven seasons at Tottenham, previously helped his compatriots Juan Foyth and Paulo Gazzaniga settle into life at North London, and has now done the same for Giovani Lo Celso.
Lamela admitted that he is happy to see Lo Celso adjust to life at Spurs and insisted that the best is yet to come from the 23-year-old.
He added: “We (he and Lo Celso) are together almost all the time. If not here at the training ground, at home together before this lockdown happened.
“I tried to help him at the beginning but, to be honest, I can see now that he is doing very well.
“He is very comfortable here. I am very happy for him that he is enjoying the team.
“He gives us a lot of things on the pitch. He has so much potential and he is young as well.
“I hope for him and the club that he can play a long time here.”
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Apart from the qualities that Lamela brings to the table as a player, he is also completely unselfish and always puts the team first. This is one of the reasons Jose seems to have really taken to the Argentine.
Lamela has been a bit unlucky to get as little game time as he has since the restart as his performances have arguably warranted more. I believe the 28-year-old can continue to be an important squad player for us next season.
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