With the latest rumours surfacing this week regarding the future of Erik Lamela it feels, somewhat strangely and very disappointingly, that he may be on his way back to Italy. Don’t get me wrong. I would be behind the decision to cash in on the player after two seasons but it will just be confirming that ALL of the Gareth Bale cash was wasted. Totally.
Lamela remains the last of the signings we made in the aftermath of the Bale sale (bar Nacer Chadli who we had a deal in place for before) having shipped out all the others this summer already. But it is the fact that he was always the most talented, exciting and promising players of the 2013 summer influx. The one player who stopped the situation from feeling totally negative. This is the disappointment should he depart.
The strange part of the equation is that we would be looking to offload a player at this time of the transfer window without much time to bring in a replacement. Considering the fact that we are already at least a winger and a striker short of having a strong and balanced squad this seems very odd to me.
I can only assume the potential deal which will see Lamela join Inter Milan will be a permanent one and for a decent sum of cash. Otherwise it just does not fathom. If we have a deal in place to sign a winger, say Bolasie from palace as the tabloids would have you believe then ok. Or indeed if Levy has a few last minute deadline busting magic tricks up his sleeve then we should proceed. It is a risk though and could leave us short of firepower and creativity after what has been a slow start to the campaign.
Lamela will be immortalised for the ‘Rabona’. He is unquestionably talented. He will more than likely shine in a less physically demanding league like serie A. Having said that he has never consistently shown he has what it takes to make it in the premier league. In two seasons at the Lane it has become almost certain that he will not join our previous Argentinian imports like Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardilies in the category of Spurs Legends.
I held out hope that he would come good for us, I still do, but it just feels now that it is the right time to go.
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