Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their team seeking to improve upon their impressive third place finish last term.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men deserve great credit for securing a third successive top four finish in English football’s top-flight last season, having finished second in 2017 and third the year before. However, the North Londoners ended up a staggering 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City last time round to suggest that a title challenge still remains a way away, although some big signings this summer could well see Pochettino’s side bridge the gap to the Citizens this term.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Spurs supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking their club with a move for Eintracht Frankfurt winger Ante Rebic.
And were the North London outfit to indeed seal a deal for the £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, Erik Lamela’s time at Tottenham would surely be over.
Ultimately, the Argentina international has struggled to force his way back into Pochettino’s starting eleven after coming back from a year out with a hip problem, with the 26-year-old mustering just seven Premier League starts for Spurs last time round.
And with just a handful of goals and only four assists, the former Roma ace simply didn’t do enough to worry the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min, with it arguable that even Lucas Moura is ahead of the Argentine in the pecking order.
Add the supremely talented Rebic to Pochettino’s attacking ranks, and it’s difficult to see how Lamela commands regular first team football at Tottenham, even if they will again be competing in Europe this time round.
The 24-year-old Croatia international enjoyed a fine season in the Bundesliga last term in netting nine goals and laying on three assists for Eintracht Frankfurt, while an impressive World Cup to date with his country is only likely to raise his stock even further.
And at the tender age of 24, Rebic is a few years younger than Lamela and appears to be heading in only one direction, while there are concerns among some of our resident Tottenham fans that the year-long injury lay-off could have scuppered the Argentine’s progression.
As such, if Rebic does indeed make the move to Spurs this summer, it could spell seriously bad news for Lamela, to the point that it could well end his time at the North London club.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!