Former Tottenham star Ryan Mason has said that manager Mauricio Pochettino loves attacker Erik Lamela because he always gives his everything in matches.

The Argentinian winger has had a difficult time with injuries while with Spurs, and returned from a year out of the game as a result of a hip injury earlier this season.

Mason was at the club when Lamela arrived and has been left raving over both his talent and dedication to football, insisting that the 25-year-old’s attitude is exactly why Pochettino keeps picking his fellow countryman.

Speaking on BBC 5 Live sport (02/03, 19:00), he said: “Coco’s (Lamela) one of these players, he loves football, I’ve never come across anyone in the game that loves the game as much as him.

“The reason why the gaffer picks him is because one, he trusts him and two, Coco will never give anything less than 100 per cent.

“He’s got this ability to create a bit of brilliance.”

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Lamela has a total of 141 appearances under his belt since arriving in north London from Roma back in 2013, scoring 20 goals and chipping in with 36 assists.

This season has seen him work his way back into the first team reckoning after his long-term layoff, and of his 20 outings across all competitions, seven have come in the starting XI, with the likes of Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen often preferred ahead of the Argentinian.

He will be hoping to be handed more game time on Saturday when they play host to Huddersfield, although might have to settle for a place on the bench after playing the full 90 minutes in the 6-1 win over Rochdale in their FA Cup replay in midweek.

In other Tottenham news, Pochettino must break fans’ hearts this weekend to guarantee future success at the club.

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