By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Erik Lamela salvaged a point for Tottenham against Everton in their Premier League opener – and Spurs fans paid tribute to the increasingly influential Argentine on Twitter.
Everton took a 5th-minute lead in the clash at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon but Lamela equalised with a second-half header.
It vindicated Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to select him ahead of new signing Vincent Janssen and several attacking midfield options.
Lamela struggled in his first 18 months at White Hart Lane but he has prospered under the tutelage of his fellow Argentine.
The Argentina international scored 10 goals and provided nine assists in all competitions last season and there is a growing sense there is much more to come from the 24-year-old.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
FT: Incredibly poor first half, Eriksen below par. Vincent Janssen changed the game, with Lamela shining too. Strong away point. #COYS
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) August 13, 2016
My man Lamela, I’m so sorry for ever doubting you, love you #COYS
— Rob Nicolson (@RobPNicolson) August 13, 2016
Erik Lamela played out of his boots today, and also…
— Skordil Wabramop (@fakejortner) August 13, 2016
If you don’t rate Erik Lamela, you need to have a good hard look at yourself. #COYS
— Charlie Winch (@charliewinch8) August 13, 2016
Lamela will be so good this season. Emerging as the superstar we want him to be. #COYS
— R (@galaxyhero) August 13, 2016
EVERYWHERE YOU GO, ALWAYS TAKE LAMELA WITH YOU #COYS
— George (@diersonalli) August 13, 2016
Lamela MOTM. Big season for him I reckon. Finally. #coys
— Dan (@DanCrane) August 13, 2016
In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer says the youthful team haven’t peaked yet and can win the Premier League.