Sevilla FC have come to an agreement for the signing of the Argentine winger, Erik Lamela. The player signs for three seasons and joins from Tottenham Hotspur where he spent the previous eight campaigns. Lamela has also played 25 games for Argentina, scoring three goals. He will wear the number 17.
WELCOME, ERIK LAMELA
Born in Carapachay 29 years ago, Lamela joined the youth ranks of River Plate at a young age. At only 17 years of age his first chance in the first team would come in the Clausura 2009 and he made himself a regular by 2010, scoring two goals in the Apertura. By the Clausura 2011 he started every game and scored two goals, however River Plate would find themselves relegated.
After numerous rumours of offers from Europe, Lamela would eventually join AS Roma in the summer of 2011. He made his debut in the eight matchday with a goal to seal victory against Palermo. He finished his first year in Europe with 31 appearances, six goals and seven assists in his locker. The following year he played 33 games and posted an impressive 15 goals as he finished the season as Roma's second-highest scorer with just one goal less than compatriot Daniel Osvaldo.
He made the jump to Europe with AS Roma at only 19-years-old
These stats, coupled with his young age at only 21, caught the eye of the Premier League. In the summer of 2013 he joined André Vilas-Boas' Tottenham Hotspur. His debut came in the London derby against Arsenal and days later he played his first European match against Tromso in the Europa League. His first campaign in England was cut short with a back injury that caused him to miss the second half of the season. He would show his worth in the following season, playing 46 games and scoring five goals. The next season he would post 11 goals. 16/17 was a tough season as he suffered with a hip injury throughout, although he did manage to make his Champions League debut against Monaco, providing an assist.
His biggest honour would come in 18/19 as Spurs finished runners-up in the Champions League
The halfway point in his Spurs career came in 17/18. Recovering from his hip injury, he returned to being a key part in Mauricio Pochettino's team. He finished the season with four goals and seven assists. The biggest honour of his career would come in 18/19 as Spurs finished runners-up in the Champions League in Madrid, however he failed to regularly start due to injury problems. That said, he started in the six group stage hames and the last-16. He finished the season with 33 goals and six goals. In 19/20, the season which saw the break due to COVID-19, he played 35 games and four goals, the exact same numbers with which he would finish his last season at Tottenham. His last goal for Spurs was a magnificent rabona against Arsenal. That wasn't the first time Lamela scored such a goal - in 2014 he won the Púskas Award for his incredible rabona against Asteras Tríplis in the Europa League.
After working his way up through the youth levels in Argentina, Lamela contested the U20 World Cup in 2011. He had actually made his senior debut a couple of months prior against Paraguay under Sergio Batista. In 2013 he played qualifiers for the World Cup in Brazil and while he did not make the tournament, he scored his first goal for Argentina in 2014 against Germany. Tata Martino counted on Lamela and called him up for the 2015 Copa América. A year later, in another Copa América in USA, he was key as Argentina finished runners-up. He played every game and scored against Bolivia in the group stages and Venezuela in the quarter-finals. His last call-up for Argentina came in 2018 against Mexico.