Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has said that the next two to three months could prove to be crucial in determining whether Erik Lamela has a future at Tottenham.
Lamela has been a great servant for Spurs since moving to the club from Roma in the summer of 2013, having notched up more than 200 appearances for the Lilywhites and being involved in a goal nearly every other game (transfermarkt).
Jose Mourinho has previously admitted his admiration of the former Roma midfielder soon after he took up the job in North London (Spurs official website).
Recent reports have suggested that Spurs could look to move the 28-year-old on this summer, with Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser being lined up as a replacement (Football Insider).
Gold believes that the club will likely have to sell some of their bit-part players to raise transfer funds this summer and Lamela could well be one of the names on his way out.
He claims that the silky left-footer needs to prove his fitness to the Spurs boss if and when the season resumes for him to have a future at the club.
Gold wrote: “Lamela has since had almost two months to rid himself of any niggling injury issues and build up his strength, as he will continue to do if there is a pre-season of sorts next month.
“He usually starts most seasons strongly – this campaign brought two goals and an assist in his opening five matches.
“If the season resumes, and that is very much yet to be decided, then Lamela must make his case as an important member of Mourinho’s squad for the future.
“If he doesn’t and he moves on this summer then Tottenham might see it as cutting their losses but they would be losing an important squad player with a point to prove.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I count myself as very much a part of the Erik Lamela fan club. Not only does he bring an intensity that our other midfielder’s lack but he is the best at the club in terms of his vision and passing in the final third now that Eriksen has left. However, now that he has sufficient time to work on his fitness, if he cannot play a run of games without breaking down, it is time that the club moved him on.
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