Three reasons Tottenham should sell Erik Lamela
Tom Phillips examines three reasons why Tottenham Hotspur should sell Erik Lamela this summer
Failed to fill Bale’s void
Gareth Bale was Tottenham Hotspurs’s talisman in his last three seasons at White Hart Lane. The Welshman single-handedly kept Spurs’s dreams of a return to the Champions League competition alive in their multiple close-run attempts after Harry Redknapp left as manager. Once he left for Real Madrid for a world record £85.3m fee, Spurs fans felt no-one would be able to fill the void left by Bale. Thus, Erik Lamela came in as the next Bale – or at the very least, the man to replace him – and would face constant criticism and comparison with the man that starred for Los Blancos in his first season. Spurs still face the dilemma of finding someone that can provide the same edge that Bale offered, but Lamela is not that man.
Lamela’s signing received lots of hype amongst the White Hart Lane faithful, but his debut season finished prematurely with a back injury and finished with only 17 appearances – and a return of one goal and four assists. Despite the injury, the Argentine failed to fulfil his role as a lethal winger providing support to the Tottenham strikers. His second season was hampered by a short-term calf injury but his form was equally as disappointing in the end with only five goals and 10 assists in 46 outings for Spurs. For a club that is hoping to break into the top four, they have failed to make signings or develop players and need to get rid of the deadwood.
Doesn’t suit the English game
Erik Lamela made his name after a brilliant season with AS Roma before Gareth Bale left. After he came to the Premier League, his style of play has not suited the physical demands of English football at all. In Serie A, Lamela was able to dictate and command the wings in his own time, allowing Roma to attack with patience and precision, whilst in the Premier League you need to think fast on your feet and live up to the physicality of the game. Unfortunately Lamela has not done that. He is easily marked out of the game when faced with a physically competent defender – and in the Premier League, they are a regularlity. He has managed to dominant in only a handful of games, which is not good enough for a team like Spurs.