Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood announced that record signing Erik Lamela will not feature in any of the clubs remaining games, with the player still needing to prove his worth to both himself and the club.
Spurs acquired the Argentinian midfielder for £30 million last summer, but has yet to see the player perform at a level that is acceptable with his hefty price tag.
Lamela’s debut campaign was halted by a back injury which saw him start only three Premier League fixtures, while grabbing only one goal which was in the Europa League.
Despite his high expectations, the Spurs manager has stated that their record signing will most likely miss the rest of this season with Lamela’s back injury yet to heal properly.
Sherwood also took the opportunity to play down any rumors suggesting that he is receiving external pressure to play the Argentine before this season comes to a close, as the manager believes that he should have all the time he needs in order to recover.
Sherwood told SkySports: “There’ll be no chance Erik’s fit.
“I read in the paper, or someone told me, that the hierarchy here are asking for him to get more opportunities. Chance would be a fine thing, he’s injured.”
Lamela has not featured for Spurs since stepping off the bench against Stoke City on 29th December – and for that reason Sherwood believes it would be wrong of him, and others, to pass judgement on what he has to offer.
He added: “You know what, I haven’t seen enough of him. He’s never been fit.”