Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has admitted that he thinks Erik Lamela should look to leave the club in the near future.
The Argentinian international signed for Spurs back in 2013 from Italian outfit AS Roma in a deal worth £30 million, which made him their record signing at the time (Daily Mail).
During his time at the club, he has played 209 games in all competitions, scoring 33 goals and providing 45 assists (Transfermarkt). However, following the arrival of Steven Bergwijn, it looks as though he has now fallen down the pecking order in terms of wingers at Tottenham.
Bent doesn’t particularly rate Lamela highly, admitting that he isn’t sure of his best position whilst also suggesting that he is now below several attacking players at Spurs. He, therefore, thinks that it would be for the good of his career for him to leave north London.
Speaking about Lamela, the ex-Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “He’s another one that flatters to deceive a little bit, I’m not quite sure what he does extremely well, if that makes sense.
“I know he comes on and he does things and is a good player and all this but I just don’t know what his best position is. For me he’s always better when he comes off the bench as sort of an impact player.
“If everyone’s fully fit, he doesn’t get anywhere near the team. If everyone’s fit, you’re going to put Son ahead of him, Steven Bergwijn’s ahead of him, Lucas Moura’s ahead of him, Harry Kane’s got the position to himself, Lo Celso’s ahead of him.
“Where exactly does he fit in? For his own ambitions, he’s going to want to go somewhere where he’ll play week in, week out.”
You have to say that Bent has a point here and come the summer, it may be time for the 27-year-old to part company with Spurs.
As the former England international alludes to, if all of Tottenham’s attacking players are fully fit then Lamela is way down the pecking order. Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Bergwijn have all been picked to start by Jose Mourinho of late and when Harry Kane returns he will surely go straight back into the 11 which means there is one less attacking slot available.
It, therefore, seems unlikely that the Argentine will feature much for the north London outfit next season, so it may benefit him to leave and try to find a club where he will be deemed first choice.
Added to that, it may be a good move for Spurs too. Lamela has struggled with so many injuries during his time at the club (Transfermarkt) and they never seem to get many games out of him in a season. In short, it seems like it would be best for both parties if they were to go their separate ways in a few months time.
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