The Argentine has been one of Spurs’ most in-form players so far this season
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela has been explaining exactly why he believes he’s in such good form at the moment for the north London club.
The 26-year-old has been making an impact in almost every match he’s played in this season, Lamela’s seven appearances so far have brought four goals and three assists. His late appearance against Cardiff was the only game he hasn’t scored or assisted in.
For the Argentine his form is a welcome relief after the 13 months he missed with his hip problems, which required surgery on both of his hips.
He returned last November to first team action and has been improving with each passing month ever since.
“I’m happy because I’m feeling good and I’m featuring in lots of games,” Lamela said on the official club website. “I’m happy to be playing and I’m enjoying it.
“The difference is that I started this season at the start of the summer while last year at this stage I was still recovering from my hip surgery.
“I started last season in November (he returned at Leicester on 28 November). At the beginning I was still having a few problems, which is normal when you come back from surgery, but now I feel more comfortable.
“It’s always tough when you miss the pre-season but I also felt good last season. This season I’ve started from the beginning and that’s the difference.”
Despite not hitting top gear in their matches, Spurs have equalled their best start after eight games of a Premier League season with 18 points and won six of the first eight for the first time.
“It’s important now to win, to get the points,” said Lamela.
“In the past few seasons, we’ve always done well in the middle of the season. Now, we’re two points behind the leaders and that’s good because we know we can play much better. That’s positive.”