Ex-Tottenham man urges club to stick by flops

Former Tottenham striker Clive Allen wants new manager Mauricio Pochettino to stick by flop signings Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado.

The Argentine and Spaniard arrived as a part of Spurs’ much-criticised £110m summer spend last year under the guidance of Andre Villas-Boas.

Soldado broke the club’s transfer record when he was snapped up from Valencia for £26m, and shortly after Lamela then smashed that by securing a £30m switch from Roma.

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Despite the positivity at the time, the pair struggled during their debut campaigns, with the former notching just a handful of goals and the latter spending much of his time out of action with a back injury.

Both players have been linked with returns to La Liga and Serie A in recent weeks, but Allen feels that they will come good if Spurs stick by them for next season:

“I would stick with [Roberto] Soldado because I think he has a good track record in terms of scoring goals, but obviously not in the Premier League as he found it difficult to adapt to the different style of play and the types of opportunity which were created for him.” He told talkSPORT.

“Erik Lamela has got to play too. Mentally, whether he’s strong enough [has been questioned] but you’ve got to see whether he’s capable of performing over a period of time. It might mean leaving him in games when perhaps his form isn’t what you expect, otherwise Tottenham will have to cut their losses on what looks to be a horrendous purchase.”


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