Spurs attacker Lamela hails 'unbelievable' Lo Celso
PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 August 2019
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The Argentina international is sure his compatriot will settle quickly at Tottenham and show fans what he can do soon
Erik Lamela is happy 'friend' and fellow Argentine Giovani Lo Celso has joined him at Spurs and believes he will prove to be a good addition to the team, describing the loanee as an unbelievable player.
Tottenham Hotspur have chased the 23-year-old all summer and eventually secured his services on transfer deadline day, initially on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.
After a stunning 12 months at Real Betis, Lo Celso will hope to make a mark in the Premier League and Lamela is eager to help him settle alongside fellow Argentinians Paulo Gazzaniga, Juan Foyth and of course the coaching staff.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino has been able to get the best out of the aforementioned trio and will hope to do the same with Lo Celso.
"He's an unbelievable player, so he'll do good and adapt quick," Lamela said after the 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
"I'm very happy to have him in the club, he's a very good player and a very good person. He's my friend and I'm happy to be here with him. I know him from the national team, he's a very good guy. I'm happy for him because he deserves [this move]."
For those who have limited knowledge of Lo Celso, Lamela believes it will not be too long before they are well aware of his capabilities.
He added: "The fans will know him soon. He's very technical, an amazing left foot and he runs a lot. He will be good for the team."
While his quality is not doubted - following a brilliant year in La Liga with Betis - it may take him time to settle in England.
After officially moving to Paris Saint-Germain from Rosario Central in December 2016, Lo Celso had to wait until April to make his debut for the Ligue 1 club and one more month before being handed his first start.
It was similar in a sense in Spain, with the playmaker not scoring for Betis until his sixth game at the club in October.
Time and patience will be needed with the talented midfielder, but Lamela believes he will benefit from joining a close-knit squad at Tottenham, not the fractured nature of the set-up he linked up with in 2013.
"When I came here, I was very young and there weren't too many players around me like now, where we have a very good group, a very good unit," Lamela admitted.
"As Argentinians, we're together to help him, and with the other guys in the group, we're here to help him. We've been a lot of years together and this is good, to help him."
If Lo Celso can hit the ground running at Spurs and form a link with Lamela high up the pitch, it could soon see the pair back playing together in the national team.
A fine run of form in September and October saw Lamela, 27, earn an Argentina recall and play in the friendly wins over Mexico in November.
However injuries started to hurt him again in the second half of the 2018/19 campaign and he missed out on a place in the Copa America squad.
Lamela added: "Honestly I'm thinking about Tottenham, to do well every game. It was a difficult game (against Aston Villa), we did a lot of effort to come back.
"I'm happy, of course I can play better but sometimes you need to play for the team. It was difficult but until the end we didn't stop believing and this is good because we scored two goals in the last four minutes and this changed all."