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Video: Erik Lamela starts proving his doubters wrong with a pre-season double against Toronto

Samuel Stevens

Published 24/07/2014 | 15:41

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Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela, right, celebrates his first goal of a friendly soccer game with teammates, from left to right, Ryan Mason, Aaron Lennon and Ben Davies during the first half against Toronto FC in Toronto on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)
Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela, right, celebrates his first goal of a friendly soccer game with teammates, from left to right, Ryan Mason, Aaron Lennon and Ben Davies during the first half against Toronto FC in Toronto last night

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.

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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:

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