Tottenham Hotspur’s perennially injured star Erik Lamela is set for a return in January, according to reports, but maybe it’s time to finally offload the long-serving wage thief…
The 28-year-old has been on the treatment table since early November, the latest of a successive string of injuries dating back to his maiden season in 2014/15.
He’s had everything from back trouble to hip pain, to his latest problem, a calf issue.
Jose Mourinho claimed earlier in the week that the Argentine winger had been doing work in the gym before training on the pitches after the camera had left.
He added: “We have lots of games coming up and in January and hopefully Lamela will be back for that.”
It’s going to be a tall ask for Lamela to even break into the first-team fold let alone the starting XI at the minute.
Heung-min Son is truly undroppable on the left flank whilst Steven Bergwijn is being preferred to Gareth Bale, who himself is a very worthy option to start matches.
There’s also Lucas Moura who has been getting the preference in the Europa League, a competition that’ll now break for a bit before the knockout stages.
It is very hard to envisage where the £25m Andre Villas-Boas signing fits in.
Lamela is thought to be among the highest-earners in north London, bringing home a cool £85k-per-week, and this would simply be a waste of money to have sitting on the bench or in the stands, so perhaps, it’s time to cash in.
Throughout last season, the winger’s future was thrown into doubt amid a lack of game time under Mourinho, so it’s clear to see that the issue of him not justifying his wage has long been a problem.
Earlier in the current campaign, Graeme Souness launched a scathing attack on the Spurs man, calling him “pathetic” for getting Anthony Martial sent off during their 6-1 drubbing of Manchester United.
Whilst the Portuguese boss has dubbed him an “amazing guy,” though, despite this, it’s still time to get rid of the injury-prone disaster.
Indeed Lamela appears to be robbing Daniel Levy and ENIC blind right now and should be moved on to garner some vital funds in January.