Erik Lamela is Tottenham’s record signing but since joining from Roma last summer, he has had limited opportunities to play. What does the future hold for the Argentine international?
Yesterday, i raised the question of which of Tottenham’s ‘Not So Magnificient 7′ summer signings would come good for Spurs. HotspurHQ readers rated Erik Lamela as 5th of the seven players as to who could turn their Spurs career around.
My comment on Lamela from yesterday’s blog read:
Erik Lamela: Tottenham’s record signing has played little football in the opening months of the season. He impressed in the Europa League win over Sheriff when he scored his first goal but that apart there has been little indication of what role would be best for him at Spurs.
There are mixed messages coming out about Lamela’s future at Tottenham. The player’s father has been quoted in the Italian press saying that Erik is unhappy at Spurs and wants to return to Italy. The remarks were reported in the Independent,
He has been linked with Lazio, but I don’t know anything about this. Could he re-join Roma? I don’t know. Tottenham does not want him to leave in January.
Newspaper speculation has linked Lamela with a number of clubs in Italy and Spain. Lazio, Inter Milan, Juventus have been reported as having an interest in signing the player as well as Atletico Madrid.
At the end of December Erik’s brother Brian, however, said on Twitter that the player didn’t want to go out on loan.
Erik Lamela is understandably frustrated at his lack of playing time for Spurs this season. He has found it difficult to adjust to the rigours and intensity of English football and with a change of manager at White Hart Lane he has to make an impression on the new occupant of the manager’s seat. Tim Sherwood has stated that Lamela wouldn’t be leaving Tottenham but clubs maintain their interest.
The Tottenham fans who tweeted Brian Lamela have high hopes that Erik will become a star for Spurs.
@brianlamela Erik is an amazing player and I see him being 1 of the worlds best if he stays at Spurs. We all love him and know he will shine
— Briley (@BLoftLoftLoft) January 8, 2014
In The News
SkySports, however, reported that Juventus are interested in signing Lamela and could offer their experienced striker, Mirko Vucinic, in part-exchange. Inter Milan are also interested in taking him on loan but if Spurs were prepared to sell the player, they would be looking to recoup much of the £30m fee they paid for the player only six months ago.
Is Lamela’s Time Up at Spurs?
I very much doubt it. For Tottenham to sell their record signing after four months would be a major decision and climb down and something that the club is unlikely to take. Spurs will want to give Lamela every opportunity to settle in England and adapt to playing in the Premier League as well as discovering his role in the Tottenham team. No-one is likely to make that decision so soon.