Poch singles out three fellow Argentines for praise

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been enjoying a successful start to the season this year, and that has largely been down to the emergence of three players in particular.

Erik Lamela has vastly improved his form after getting a run of injury-free games, Paulo Gazzaniga is staking a claim for the number one jersey, and young Juan Foyth has emerged as a brilliant central defender.

Now all three of these players have been called up to the Argentina international squad this week, Gazzaniga’s first ever call up.

Lamela has scored eight goals in his last 12 appearances for Spurs, highlighting his fine form.

Gazzaniga won the man of the match award in his first three Spurs games, as well as making his Champions League Debut a couple of weeks ago.

Juan Foyth has picked up two man of the match awards of his own so far this campaign, as well as bagging the winning goal away to Crystal Palace.

Here is what Pochettino had to say about his fellow Argentines.

He told Tottenham’s website: “Juan showed great personality (at Palace) and he played so well, like one week ago. I’m happy for him because it’s a massive victory and for him to feel that he’s a Premier League player and help the team to win, I think it’s a massive feeling and now waiting for the international break to share with the national team in Argentina, it’s a fantastic moment for him.

“From the beginning we said you need to forget that situation (at Wolves) now because that can happen because you are a football player. With experience he’s going to improve and not make mistakes, or less mistakes. It was his debut, his first game in the Premier League and that situation is difficult to accept, but he’s so clever. He moved on the day after and of course we all helped for him to forget and compete freely. The confidence and the trust is massive from the club, from us, from his team-mates and no doubt that his potential and his quality will be very helpful the for the team.

“Yes, it the hat-trick! I’m so happy for Paulo. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper and he’s showing his quality and why we signed him. And then he’s from my town, Murphy, I know him as a kid, his dad, his uncle, his grandfather and he’s a very good family friend. He’s an excellent goalkeeper.

“Erik is more mature now. It was tough for him from the day he arrived here. It’s the start of his sixth season but now, after scoring eight goals in 14 games, I think everything is going well. I hope it continues and he is consistent during the whole season. Then we can talk at the end of the year and say Lamela had a fantastic season.”

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