Since the young, talented Argentinian made his big money move from Roma he is yet to make an impact, but is it all Lamela’s fault? In my opinion Spurs are letting the winger down and I believe he has not been given the treatment he deserves. There may be more reasons behind the scenes but here are a few reasons why I believe this is the case-
Only giving him European chances-
He may not be a regular starter in the premier league side but he certainly is a regular fixture in our so called 2nd side in the Europa League. He may not have had the most consistent run of performances in Europe but he has shown moments of creativity and skill when running at the opposition and making chances for the strikers to latch on to. The problem with him playing against teams that obviously lack quality in the Europa League is that he can’t do the one thing he wants to do, adapt to the physicality and pace of the Premier League. He’s playing against teams of a different style and with slow paced, relaxed football being played by ourselves which means he can’t use these the European games for his adaption.
No Premier League starts-
We often find ourselves struggling to score goals against lower league sides as they sit back and defend for their lives, this where I think Erik could become extremely important to the side. He has the ability to unlock defences with his skill and creativity, but we decide to start him against sides such as City where he can be seen to be ineffective because of his lack of opportunities with the ball, which he is where he’s best-with the ball at his feet. Instead of starting Erik in the bottom half of the table games we seem to start Nacer Chadli who is not exactly the most popular player amongst a section of fans due to his regularly poor performances, this is only going to knock Erik’s confidence.
Knocking his confidence-
As mentioned above, his lack of playing time is only going to knock his confidence even more. Also when we decided to bench him after his terrific performance against the Moldovan side Sheriff, when I watched the match I thought this could be his turning point but we once again knocked him down when he wasn’t given another run out in the following game to maintain his rise in form.
If we were deciding to loan him out surely we shouldn’t loan him back to Italy, he needs to adapt to the Premier League so surely we should loan him within England. If we loaned him back Italy I think we could have failed him once again.
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