Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has pledged to give Erik Lamela a second chance at White Hart Lane after the Argentine struck twice in the friendly win over FC Toronto.
Lamela grabbed a double before Andros Townsend's strike from range gave Spurs a first pre-season win of the summer against their MLS opposition.
The 22 year old endured a woeful first season at Tottenham, suffering injuries and bad runs of form as both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood overlooked him for much of the campaign following his £25.8m move from Roma last summer.
But two goals in pre-season could be the tonic to kick-start his Tottenham career, and Pochettino is ready to trust him with greater responsibility.
"We expect a lot from him, he's an unbelievable player," he said.
"He needs to show us that he deserves to play, but at the moment we are happy with his performance.
The former Roma man, after scoring his first Tottenham goals since November, added: "I felt like I was able to play a good 45 minutes. Overall I think the team did really well and I'm happy with the performance today.
"I had an unfortunate injury last season that kept me out of play for quite some time.
'In the same way, it's helped me emotionally and morally to get better and work harder towards this season."
In stark contrast to last season, where Tottenham signed seven players to offset the loss of Gareth Bale, the club have been understated in the transfer market, signing just Ben Davies and Michel Vorm from Swansea City.
And Pochettino has hinted at further additions after stating his side much be overstocked in every position
"The season is very long and we need to stay deep at every position," he added.
"Ben Davies is important for us because he's good competition for Danny Rose on the left side. He's a young player, but he has good experience in the Premier League."