Date: 28th June 2019 at 4:32am
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Things must surely be looking a little bleak for Erik Lamela at Tottenham Hotspur now.

Plenty was expected of the Argentina international when he was signed from AS Roma for a reported fee of £25.7million back in 2013, however, his career at Spurs has never really got going as his performances have continued to blow hot and cold when afforded the chance.

And, with the imminent arrival of Leeds United’s Jack Clarke expected to be completed (Evening Standard), it would seem the 27-year-old’s chances of reviving it are getting even slimmer.

Back in May, it was suggested that he may have already played his last game for us (Football Insider) as Mauricio Pochettino was thought to have doubts about the winger’s ability to play in two matches each week.

Unfortunately, Lamela has not been a stranger to the treatment tables and featured in just 19 Premier League matches last season (Transfermarkt), with the majority of them as a substitute appearance – making those doubts reasonable and hard to disagree with.

Things would have already been difficult for the Argentine prior to Clarke’s arrival as well, with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura already ahead of him in the pecking order and with the teenager the type of player Pochettino likes to have in the team, perhaps, the South American is set to fall even further down the order.

And, it might not only be his future at Tottenham that is bleak as it might be difficult for the £16.2m-rated winger (Transfermarkt) to find a new club as well because of all those injuries he has suffered during his time in England.

Lamela will surely be seen as a risk by many and one that clubs may be unwilling to spend big on trying to sign, should we make him available for a transfer this summer.

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7 Replies to “Imminent Clarke arrival can only spell bad news for Tottenham’s £16.2m-rated misfit – Opinion”

  • Alex- I understand that you are attempting to build a sports writer career by badmouthing players and teams, badmouthing transfer decisions and predicting the early demise of careers, particularly those who have had injury problems. I think you should change your tactic, or your career path, but certainly the team you claim to have some insight with. Given the kind of material youy have been delivering to readers, perhaps you could find a nearby stables who can use your skills. Best of luck.

  • I suspect it wil gkn out the door first, Lamela is one of bench players if he can keep fit and an important one at that, if he can just stay dam fit lol if not I suspect a jan exit for him but if he’s already injured who would buy him, we just have to keep the faith with him.
    There is a top quality player in there if we can get him fit

  • Six years of injuries, rash tackles and very little else, and STILL people are saying ‘give him time’! No wonder we’ve got so much ‘deadwood’, when Spurs seem more like a convalescent home than a serious trophy-chasing football club (and whose idea was it to give Lamela an improved contract only a few months ago?). I didn’t think we’d ever have a bigger waste of money than David Bentley, but Lamela has proved me wrong (and I don’t admit that very often).

  • The writer has a point, with Clarke coming in Lamela’s days are numbered, I suspect a Chinese club sniffing around hence the Clarke purchase

  • Don’t think that the first (rather rude) comment was necessary. He is writing his opinion. I do not disagree with this opinion.. Lamela has been a very expensive failure in most games in which he has played, and he has not played that much.. And as for that new contract – he did not deserve it. We will struggle to sell him.

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