Erik Lamela is a player who certainly divides opinion among the Tottenham Hotspur fan base.
The Argentine moved to White Hart Lane from Roma in 2013 for £25.7million (BBC) and has not lived up to his full potential.
Lamela has struggled with injuries during his time in North London including a hip problem which required surgery and kept him sidelined for over a year (Standard).
The 27-year-old looked lively during his displays in pre-season but has failed to take the form into the three Premier League matches to date.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson described Lamela as being ‘awful’ this season in his column for the Daily Star.
After starting each of the three top flight matches this season, it will be interesting to see whether Mauricio Pochettino once again puts his faith into his compatriot in tomorrow’s North London derby at the Emirates.
The Spurs boss has other options to choose from including Heung-min Son, Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura to support Harry Kane up top.
Merson told the Daily Star: “Harry Kane looks frustrated this season as well. He’s coming so short all the time to receive the ball because he isn’t getting any service.
“But that’s because Christian Eriksen isn’t playing. Without him, they don’t have enough vision. Moussa Sissoko is not going to play that killer ball that opens up a packed defence.
“Harry Winks plays to deep to do it, he just keeps things ticking over nicely at the base of midfield, Erik Lamela has been awful, and Lucas Moura feels more like an impact player.
“Who’s going to find Harry Kane?.”
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