Erik Lamela claims he's now at his peak after Tottenham exit
Erik Lamela has suggested that he feels that he is now at his peak – less than four months after leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Sevilla, in comments reported by Spanish outlet AS.
Lamela’s move to La Liga seemed to come out of the blue for many Spurs fans. But it seemed to be a good piece of business for all parties.
Spain international Bryan Gil moved in the opposite direction. And of course, Lamela did not have the easiest time in North London.
He struggled with injury at times. And he probably did not change enough games to vindicate becoming the club’s record signing when he initially joined.
But he has done extremely well since moving to Andalusia. He scored twice on his debut, and followed that with another in his second appearance.
And Lamela has now suggested that he feels that he is now coming into the peak of his career.
“I feel in the best moment of maturity,” he said, as reported by AS. “All these years have served me as an experience to grow as a player and a person. I am at a time when I fell in this place and I am excited. I am happy to be here and take advantage to play football.”
Tottenham will not rue selling Lamela if Bryan Gil realises his potential
By contrast, it has been a steady start for Gil at Tottenham. The 20-year-old is yet to make his full Premier League debut, with only four substitute appearances coming so far.
With Lamela thriving in Spain therefore, some may have wondered whether Spurs made the right decision to let him go.
In fairness, Lamela has not scored in his last seven. So his performances have settled down a little more of late.
But he is clearly a more accomplished player right now.
Having said that, Gil looks to have the potential to be an amazing talent. Many were raving about his performance after he came off the bench for Spain in their recent win over Italy.
And given that he does not turn 21 until next year, there is clearly plenty of time for Gil to prove that Spurs produced a masterstroke with this summer’s swap deal.