Erik Lamela says that he is ready to put his nightmare first season at Tottenham behind him and shine in 2014/15.
The Argentine attacker became Spurs’ record signing last summer as he competed his £30m switch from Roma, and was widely seen as the man to replace Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane.
But despite his reputation and pedigree, the 22-year-old managed only 17 outings last term as he struggled to adjust to life in England and overcome a troublesome back injury.
In January Lamela was linked with a return to Italy, and transfer speculation has once again been present in recent months.
The classy forward made his first Lilywhites appearance of 2014 in a friendly with the Seattle Sounders over the weekend, and he has vowed to show the club that put such faith in him what he really can do after a tough spell:
“A footballer always feels lonely when he cannot play for whatever reason and I felt very lonely at times last season,” he told The Sun.
“But I am getting in good shape and am determined to show Tottenham the real Erik Lamela this season.
“I have recovered from my injuries, we have a new manager and I cannot wait to play.
“I am confident you will see a much better me this season.”