Erik Lamela’s work ethic may endear him to the fans, but is it time for Tottenham to cut their losses?
It’s true, Lamela epitomises everything Mauricio Pochettino wants in a player. He never stops running from the first minute to the last, he’s never afraid to get on the ball and importantly, he never gives up.
Despite this, it may be time for the Argentinian to move on. Lamela has shown glimpses of quality since his £30m arrival from Roma in 2013. His low strike against United that had Martin Tyler screaming his name certainly a highlight, alongside his audacious ‘rabona’ against Asteras Tripolis.
The tricky winger has ultimately failed to live up to his dazzling reputation, however, scoring only 14 goals in 128 Premier League appearances.
Lamela, who earns £80k-a-week, according to Spotrac, endured a torrid start to his life in London, starting only nine league games in his first season, failing to score in any.
After finally breaking his duck against Burnley in 2014, Pochettino stated it was only the beginning. Although he has gone on to improve, Lamela has never consistently performed to a level he’s shown he is capable of.
Injuries disrupted much of both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, while he has only featured in 18 of 32 league games this season. He currently remains sidelined and out of the impending Champions League tie against Manchester City.
It seems a common theme with the winger. He returns from injury, shows glimpses of form before struggling with injuries again. The winger now finds himself a way down the pecking order, behind Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura.
Tottenham should strongly consider his sale in the summer. The Evening Standard report that Tottenham are open to offers for 12 players this summer with Lamela believed to be on the list – although only for a substantial bid.
His departure would not have a hugely detrimental impact on the squad, adding funds for a potential replacement. But who would take the winger for a reportedly hefty fee?
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