Tottenham Hotspur have officially announced the contract extension of Erik Lamela, who signs a new deal which will keep him at the club till 2022. The Argentine becomes the second player to sign an extension with Spurs, this week, after Heung Min-Son signed a new five-year deal on Thursday.
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Even though the Lilywhites haven’t mentioned anything regarding his wages in the official statement, it is believed that he will receive a healthy bump from ~£68k that he was on in his previous contract.
This move has made a chunk of Spurs’ fanbase fairly happy. Although their club haven’t been able to pull off any transfer coups as of yet, Spurs have done an incredible job in tying down their star players to long-term contracts. The likes of Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez and Heung-Min Son have signed contract extensions this summer but Lamela’s extension, in particular, could potentially solve one of Spurs’ main issues this coming season.
Going into the new campaign, the Lilywhites were struggling with their lack of depth in the offensive department, which ultimately left them searching for a new attacker in the market.
Aside from their first team starters, Spurs lack reliable options in attack with new signing Lucas Moura failing to get his feet sorted in English football as of yet. The former PSG starlet has featured in only eleven games since joining the club earlier this year with his only goal coming in a disappointing draw with Rochdale in the FA Cup.
In addition, the likes of Josh Onomah and Georges Kevin N’Koudou have failed to make a breakthrough into the starting eleven, meaning Erik Lamela, who has featured in over 150 games for Tottenham, could play a vital role for the club next season.
Even in the last campaign, the Argentine’s return to fitness was a huge boost for the North-London giants as they finished the season on a good note. In fact, Lamela featured in 33 games in all competitions, which was definitely a good haul especially after coming back from a hip surgery.
Now back to full fitness, Lamela’s industry and commitment in the final third will once again be pivotal for an efficient Spurs attack next season. Even though he may not be an assured starter for the club, his presence on the bench will hand Mauricio Pochettino with a trump card at his disposal as he aims to pose a strong threat for the title next season.
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