Tottenham Transfer News: Erik Lamela Is Final Piece of the Puzzle for Spurs

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 17:  Erik Lamela of AS Roma in action during the TIM Cup semifinal match between  FC Internazionale Milano and AS Roma at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on April 17, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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With the purchase of EriK Lamela, Tottenham have completed the blueprint for how to get business done during the transfer window.

Spurs have sealed their transfers relatively early in the summer. They've been planning on losing their star player and have bought accordingly.

Nobody's expecting Gareth Bale to play for Spurs again (h/t Sky Sports). But rather than bemoan his departure, Tottenham have worked hard to find his replacement(s). One of those is Lamela.

Roma confirmed on their website that an agreement had been made between themselves and the London club for the Argentine playmaker, as reported by The Guardian:

Roma announce they have signed a contract with Tottenham for the outright sale of the playing rights of Erik Lamela, in exchange for €30m. The agreement also includes the obligation to pay €5m in bonuses related to the achievements of the player and the English club.

Spurs' first two matches have illustrated that need to find a player who can unlock the attack and help ease the burden on Roberto Soldado. They've failed to be fluid when on the ball, and Soldado has been left on an island.

Controlling midfield means nothing if you can't make the most of it. That's what has happened to Spurs in their first two matches. Etienne Capoue, Moussa Dembele and Paulinho have played well in midfield, but Tottenham have lacked scoring opportunities against organized defences because they lack a creative threat closer to goal.

Lamela is the type of player who can provide that extra dimension in the attack.

Although generally a right winger, the 21-year-old can slot into any of the three attacking midfield positions. He offers tactical flexibility to boss Andre Villas-Boas. Roma's system last season is different to what AVB will use, but Lamela will have no trouble adjusting.

More than likely, he'll be used on the right, where he can cut in on his left foot.

That's what Lamela did for Roma last season, and he scored 15 goals in 33 Serie A appearances. He was given the freedom in attack to excel in a variety of roles for the Italian club.

It means opposing defences can't simply give him room on the flank, expecting him to cut inside, like they would an Arjen Robben. Lamela can also cross into the box and play as a more traditional wide man, so defenders won't know how to handle him.

His goalscoring ability is exactly what Tottenham need right now, as it has left with Bale.

With Soldado up top, Spurs have the striker they've needed for the past few seasons. And now Lamela replaces Bale as that goal threat out wide. He's not at Bale's level yet, but his style is similar. Spurs shouldn't lose much fluidity as they integrate the young playmaker.

It's surprising that Roma let Lamela go, especially for just €30 million. Their loss is Spurs' gain; it is the kind of impact transfer that could see Tottenham mount a major title challenge.