Things do not seem to be going to plan for long-serving Tottenham Hotspur star Erik Lamela this season.
As it often is, his campaign has been blighted by persistent injury troubles, and now he’s in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Over the festive period, the Argentinian winger was pictured alongside Spurs teammates Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon in what was a clear breach of the government’s lockdown measures.
It resulted in major fines for all three players.
And if anything, it was a complete act of betrayal to manager Jose Mourinho, who despite all of the doubts in the £85k-per-week attacker, has often kept the faith in him.
For all of his time on the treatment table, the ‘Special One’ has backed him to the point of calling him an “amazing guy” and a “fantastic player,” as per talkSPORT.
Indeed, Lamela has missed at least 108 matches through injury since making a €30m (£27m) move from Roma in August 2013, whilst he has been restricted to just 524 minutes of action in all competitions this term.
According to Eurosport’s Dean Jones, the winger is a player that Spurs could look to move on this transfer window in order to raise funds to bolster Mourinho’s squad.
And maybe it is time they should.
Former Leeds man Noel Whelan slammed Lamela’s recent antics in an interview with Football Insider, he said:
“This is one thing that has really gone against Erik Lamela. The club cannot trust him. Those players have broken the trust with the management and hierarchy. It is not as if he is even playing regularly and maybe that is why he thought he could do whatever he wanted. Maybe he’s not fussed anymore.”
It wasn’t too long ago that he took fire from Graeme Souness. The Sky Sports pundit dubbed him “pathetic” for getting Anthony Martial sent off during their 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United (via football.london).
Perhaps the latest controversy is enough to entice Daniel Levy into cashing in this transfer window.
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