London, Oct : Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles has said that Spurs hero Erik Lamela is the new Lionel Messi and is already a better player than the departed Gareth Bale.
According to Metro.co.uk, Lamela was brought to White Hart Lane for a club-record free over the summer, with Andre Villas-Boas earmarking the Argentine as a star of the future.
However, according to compatriot Ardiles, Lamela can be as good as Barcelona superstar Messi, and is already a better option for Spurs than Bale, the report said.
Ardiles said that Lamela needs a little more time to bed into Tottenham but he will prove to be a great purchase, adding that he is not as powerful but he is more skilled than Bale.
He said that he had been nicknamed the ‘new Messi’ and it was right because it was a sign of how talented the player was.
Lamela was part of a mass-spending spree conducted by Tottenham in the transfer window, with 100 million pounds being spent on new talent, the report added. (ANI)