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Is There A Way Back For Lamela?

Is There A Way Back For Lamela?

Son Heung-Min has been superb throughout the majority of this season. Goals plus assists, boundless energy, always a smile, crazy handshakes...he clearly loves Spurs.

I am not going to dwell on the few mistakes - everyone makes my opinion he has found another level this season. Having said all that and in short, where does this leave...

Erik Lamela?

Yes, he is a super talent, but he really hasn't delivered in terms of goals or assists. In addition and unfortunately for Erik during the 2016/17 campaign the poor bloke has been persistently dogged by injuries.

Erik Lamela (2015-16) vs Son Heung-Min (2016-17) Skills Battle

With Son in the best form of his life/career I simply cannot see Lamela getting a place ahead of him. We don't know what the story is with Erik, having said that I suspect the drama may unravel this summer. But if he did leave would anyone, hand on heart say you would miss him?


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Date:Friday May 19 2017
Time: 12:35PM


I used to miss him.But I'm very fickle.Perhaps we have done better without him.He'd be great to have on the bench if ,heaven forbid Eriksen or Alli get injured.He is creative & does make assists.If he scored more goals we woud be raving about him.
19/05/2017 13:07:00
Of course there is a way back for him, Sissoko just got his first start in months and shat the bed again. Lamela is an enormous upgrade on both him and N'Koudou and the only other playmaker we have in the squad besides Eriksen. As long as he fully recovers from his injury he will be a regular player next season.
19/05/2017 13:11:00
I was talking with other Spurs fans in a pub in Brussels last night and I said that a fit, hungry and in-form Lamela would likely be our best transfer this summer. Unless we pay mega prices for a player of true quality (which we won't), Lamela is the player to improve us the most. He knows the system and the team, and he was actually starting to really be a force for us. It took me 2 years to warm up to him, but on his day he is amazing. As others have said, he is one of the few players in the squad who can see and execute passes like Eriksen.
19/05/2017 13:19:00
As Belgian spur said he is the one of the few players that can see and make passes like eriksen.... I hope he is fit and back next season....a helluva talent still to come out properly
total spurs
19/05/2017 13:32:00
For the avoidance of doubt 'still to come out properly' means....... he has still not reached the peak of his abilities nor the consistency......
total spurs
19/05/2017 13:35:00
Lol total spurs - as long as he is a good football player, I don't care what he does in his own time!
19/05/2017 13:53:00
Didn't know he'd left? It's really hard to come back if you haven't been anywhere.
19/05/2017 13:55:00
Lamela seemed to save his best stuff for games in Europe.... There is no guarantee that he can recover from such an injury ravaged season. And it is a longer way back than in previous seasons as Alli, Eriksen, Son have all stepped up. Lamela coming back should not interrupt our loong search for an effective pacy AM...
19/05/2017 13:57:00
imo we have moved up a gear from him now. He was the epitome of a Poch player but was definitely shot shy. Basically two out of four years out, not sure he could replace any of Son.Dele or Eriksen.Fully expect him to move on soon.
19/05/2017 15:26:00
Lame-ela has been a failure from the start; even before this so-called hip problem. Doesn't want to come to work because his dog died! Please spare me. He hasn't scored goals which was why he was bought & has hardly any assists. Even worse he is absolutely hopeless at defending and gives away countless crucial free-kicks & even penalties. What a different season Spurs would have had if he hadn't given away that stupid penalty against Liverpool last August. That cost us 2 big points which over the last month would have been VITAL. Sir Alex would have sold him, latest after 2 seasons but Poch kept him because he is Argentinian. Lame-ela is the worse signing Spurs have made since Chris Armstrong. Get him out!
Gregg White
19/05/2017 15:36:00
Isn't my favourite player, think more is still required from him, and with our bench being so thin quality wise, we need to keep him.
19/05/2017 16:02:00
I have never understood the fuss some of our supporters make over Lamela, he doesn't come close to delivering what I expected. Since his injury, we have taken huge strides and have become a better team without him. Not missed, and a long way off the caliber of player we need to take us forward.
19/05/2017 16:11:00
Scored the best goal i have ever seen
19/05/2017 16:43:00
Son and Lamela offer different things and I don't think we need to choose between the two. 5 goals and 9 assists in the PL last year is not a bad season, not to mention 6 goals in 8 European matches. Again the question is: who would you buy to replace him, who can hit the ground running, within our price range, and who is going to be happy being rotated with Eriksen, Alli and Son?
19/05/2017 16:44:00
Certainly worth another season if he's fit enough.
19/05/2017 16:52:00
For the fee he cost us Lamela has been a costly failure. For that sort of money you should expect a "game changer", or a match winner, Lamela is unfortunately miles away from being either. Apart from all this his record of fitness, durability, and availability for selection leaves a lot to be desired. Can't see a place for him in front of Eriksen, Ali, or Son. If we could recover most of our outlay on him I would sell, learn a lesson and move on. We need to improve our recruitment, we suffer too many mistaken signings and failures.
19/05/2017 17:01:00
That's the trouble Belgian, Lamela wasn't in our price range at the fee we paid, we got "seen off", I would have preferred to keep Gylfi Sigurdson.
19/05/2017 17:05:00
Lamela: just turned 25 years old. Sissoko: going to be 28 at the start of next season. Both £30m and one played a large part (last season) into record breaking Spurs, the other looked like Levy had money burning a hole in his pocket. Seems like we're ready to start throwin our players away if they're not good enough for Starting XI, despite having one of the best, and youngest, teams in the land. Lamela, despite trying to get himself sent off often with slide tackles, started off the season really well and was the reason Son thought about leaving last summer. It's crazy to see someone improving, playing a big part in the club's progress, then becoming injured and then thrown on the scrap heap by some fans. Yes, he didn't hit the ground running and took into his 3rd year to show his potential/worth. We now know he can cut it in the Prem, but hey, let's get rid of him. Is he a better option than what we have on the bench? Most definitely. Will someone else simply come in and...well, sit on the bench, as our team continues to progress? Lamela knows he's part of our progress. I hope he recovers and is available next season. We will need a squad to compete on 4 fronts or did I miss the memo that says we are only playing 38 games next season?
19/05/2017 19:36:00
My real concern would be whether he will be psychologically fit returning from what seems like eternity of an injury. This is his 2nd big spell out, add to it time off for personal reasons. All this while the team has moved on leaps and bounds and I think Sissoko was signed to cover for Lamela's absence. Alas, hasn't worked out yet. Hip injury is bad news in a physical league and he may get targeted by the oppo upon his return. We've seen similar problems with Dembele with injuries. Sorry, but if we intend to kick on and become regular challengers for the title and trophies, imo, we are past the stage of carrying 'stop/start' players. We need all the continuity we can get. I'd move him on as I am sure Poch will be planning start of next season without him.
19/05/2017 21:01:00
Brilliant post Mellospur! How great would it have been if we had Lamela and Rose to rotate those final 20 games. Of course we keep him, he deepens the squad. We are much more effective at pressing when he is in.
19/05/2017 21:50:00
Maybe we should move Rose on also as he seems to be an injury concern also? Or Dembele? What about Kane he had 2'stints out? Sorry guys just carrying the thought to it's hilarious conclusion.
19/05/2017 21:56:00
Well selling him now wouldn't be a good idea irrespective of how useful or not anyone thinks he is. He hasn't been in shop window, and there is no guarantee for any 'buyer' that he has recovered from injury. He stays next season and we all will see where he is. But as I said, we should do our transfer business as if he isn't there, and if he plays a major part, then all good. If not, then he moves on.
20/05/2017 06:22:00
In the end its about the numbers. Son's goal scoring is off the charts and even his assists aren't bad, add to that he's the only genuinely quick player in our attack. Lamela by contrast has always delivered less than a player with his talent should and now we have to worry about whether he ever fully recovers from his injuries. Its not just that Son is clearly first choice, what if someone like Zaha was to arrive in the summer ? You never say never but Lamela getting back to being more than a squad player is a long shot.
20/05/2017 07:29:00
Zaha is not a player for Spurs, lots of speed and very little else. Very similar to Townsend. Not the quality football brain we need.
20/05/2017 09:38:00
jvd - We do need some speed though. At the moment we struggle to win games we don't dominate because its difficult to play on the counter without pace.
20/05/2017 11:30:00
why is it either son or lamela? we would be looking for another winger if either of them left. Sissoko is out, he doesn't have the attitude that is the core of Poch's regime. Lamela on the other hand epitomises that attititude. He took a long time settling in and he certainly didn't live up to the expectations which were placed on him due to the price tag and being deemed the Bale replacement. On the other hand he is the ultimate competitor and possesses outrageous skill on his day. It is a much stronger squad with him in it. He has given enough to deserve to be welcomed back by the fans!
20/05/2017 14:09:00
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