In Focus: Tottenham must hand Lamela new deal if he stays fit in the coming weeks

According to ESPN FC, Tottenham Hotspur are considering activating an option to extend Erik Lamela’s £65,000-a-week contract by a further year.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Argentina international’s current deal is due to run out in 2019, but ESPN FC says the north London outfit can extend it by 12 months to keep the 25-year-old at Spurs.

ESPN FC says the offer to the player would alleviate any doubts that he could leave the club in the summer with a number of Premier League and Serie A clubs potentially interested in the winger, although they are in no rush to do so given the player’s injury record in recent seasons.

The report adds that Lamela signed a deal worth £65,000-a-week when he joined Tottenham from Roma in 2013, but they could also consider listening to offers for him in the summer given they have Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and now Lucas Moura available in the attacking midfield positions.

How has Lamela done this season?

He has struggled with injury, as we mentioned previously.

The Argentine was sidelined between October 2016 and November 2017 because of problems with his hips, meaning he has missed 18 months through injury since joining Spurs in 2013.

The 25-year-old has since made 17 appearances in all competitions – mainly from the substitutes’ bench – although he was handed a rare start in the 2-2 draw against Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night and impressed.

Should Tottenham look to extend his deal?

If he continues to play regularly and doesn’t suffer any further injuries problems then they should certainly look to keep him for a longer period of time.

While the 25-year-old has often divided opinion among Spurs fans and while he may not be a regular starter in the future, he still provides that quality from the substitutes’ bench and can be a hugely useful member of the squad in the coming years.