Video: Erik Lamela starts proving his doubters wrong with a pre-season double against Toronto
Published 24/07/2014 | 15:41
Erik Lamela, Tottenham Hotspur's marque £30m signing last summer, has shown some glimpses of why Spurs were willing to part with such a large sum during last night's 3-2 victory over Toronto.
The 22-year old Argentine, who made just nine Premier League appearances last season, has since vowed to recover the form which enabled him to score fifteen Serie A goals with Roma.
Scoring a brace against MLS side Toronto, the much maligned midfielder is finally beginning to prove his critics wrong.
Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs are in the USA to prepare for a pivotal Premier League season after the disappointment of the previous campaign.
Breaking free after just eighteen minutes, Lamela proved his quality with a powerful finish to put Tottenham ahead. Grabbing his second just four minutes before the break, his point was made.
Roberto Saldado, who also endured a difficult debut season in England following a £22m switch from Valencia, provided both the assists in a game which must surely provide some optimism to Spurs fans.
With both leaving the field at half-time, as Pochettino made ten changes, the former Southampton manager is running the rule over his new troops.
New signing Ben Davies also made a cameo appearance, sporting the no. 33 shirt, while Jermain Defoe and Ryan Nelson faced their former club.
Watch the goals here: