Today saw possibly the lowest point of Erik Lamela’s Tottenham career so far. The Argentine may have cost Spurs a whopping great pile of cash this summer - around the £30 million mark for those of the pernickety persuasion - but today Andre Villas-Boas thought his team’s chances were improved if Lamela simply stayed at home.
You have to sympathise with the lad. He is a very good player, but unfortunately a victim of the inflated prices in football these days - he is nowhere near good enough to command such a massive price-tag.
He has had to travel back and forth to Argentina to sit on the bench for World Cup qualifiers and the States for international friendlies. He has also been a regular in the Tottenham team for the Europa League that has travelled to Moldova, as well as the most northerly team in the competition, Tromso, and most easterly in Anzhi Makhachkala. The guy has clocked up more air miles than Frank Abagnale Jr.
He also doesn’t speak the language and is only 21-years-old - how is he supposed to have settled by now.
But his former team Roma are moving on. They remain unbeaten in Serie A, although have recently stopped winning games because of an injury crisis, and are now looking at splashing some more of their accrued cash from their summer business - on a player dubbed ‘Il Nuovo Lamela’ - The New Lamela.
Roma were first linked with River Plate playmaker Manuel Lanzini in May - but no 'official' deal ever came to fruition despite his agent insisting it had.
Well sources in Italy and Argentina this weekend suggest the Giallorossi sporting director Walter Sabatini met with Daniel Passarella, the River Plate boss, while he was in Rome to visit the Pope, and finalise a long protracted deal for Lanzini, for a fee in the region of €10 million.
Lamela must feel like a man who has broken up with his girlfriend for a newer better looking women - who has then seen his ex lose weight, look fabulous and then move on with a younger model.
Let’s hope his luck changes soon - as he is a talented player who can surely cut it in the Premier League once settled.
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