Erik Lamela turned an excellent season last year for Roma into a move to a new club, as Tottenham have added the forward on a €30 million transfer, which can go up to €35 million with bonuses.
BREAKING: AS Roma confirm the sale of Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur for €30m (raising to €35m with bonuses)— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) August 28, 2013
He became a popular name in the rumour mill as the summer wore on, and it's hardly surprising he made the move to a bigger club.
Lamela was quite good for Roma last year, scoring 15 goals and adding five assists in 33 Seria A appearances a year ago. WhoScored.com gave him a 7.58 average match rating last season in Serie A play, sixth best in the league.
Only Juventus' Andrea Pirlo (7.8), Arturo Vidal (7.74) and Giorgio Chiellini (7.69), and Napoli's Edinson Cavani (7.68) and Hugo Campagnaro (7.59) were rated more highly.
His 81.9 percent pass success percentage, 2.6 shots, 1.7 key passes and three successful dribbles per game (per WhoScored) were all very impressive marks.
Just 21 years old, Lamela is a burgeoning star. He is probably at his best and most comfortable playing in the No. 10 role, sliding into the hole behind a central striker, but he often played on the left wing for Roma and floated into the middle.
His talent is unmistakable. Nifty with the ball at his feet, he is just as capable of finding a teammate with an incisive pass as he is ripping a shot from distance or worming his way into the box for an easy goal.
With solid pace and a bit of flair to boot, he alone is often worth the price of admission.
Lamela may not have come cheap, but given his immense potential, he should quickly justify his expensive price tag.
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