■ The in-form Tottenham attacker, who will face Barcelona tonight, on his hunger for Spurs
You scored three goals last month. What are your hopes for the season?
My personal ambition is to play as much as I can and to help my team. Our absolute ambition is to win something this season.
How important is it for the club to finally win some silverware?
We all know we have a very good team but we need to make the next step and win a trophy now. If we continue to work hard and all together we can do it.
Is finishing in the top four the priority?
Finishing in the top four is something that we have done for the last few seasons anyway and of course that is very good but, as a team, we want more than that. We know we are good and capable of doing both (finishing in the top four and winning a trophy). It is a long season and the only way we can do both is by taking each game as it comes and trying our very best.
Spurs seem to have great chemistry in the squad. How is it for you?
We have a great team with some great players within it. We have all trained together for a number of years now and because of this we have a lot of great relationships and an understanding between all of us. It is obviously good to play with fantastic players and it can only make the squad stronger.
For all the talk of him being tired and jaded after the World Cup, Harry Kane is still scoring — he even broke that run of never scoring in August…
I’m happy for him as finally he showed he can do it in every month and it shut a lot of people up. But I was more happy for the team as we won the games [against Fulham and Manchester United] and took the three points.
Tottenham are renowned for bringing kids through the ranks, aren’t they?
We have a number of youngsters coming through. We see a few of them at a time coming to play with the first team almost every day.
How can you aid their development?
I try and offer as much help as I can because advice from senior players helped me in the early stages of my career. Young talent needs support in order to become the best and I will do what I can to help those here at Tottenham.
■ Erik Lamela was appearing as part of William Hill’s continued, proud partnership with Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs can be backed at 13/5 to win tonight’s Champions League tie against Barcelona, with Lamela 10/1 to score the last goal of the game