Erik Lamela will be looking for a new lease on life under the next regime at White Hart Lane, Stephen Pickering believes he will turn it around.
Tottenham's record-breaking signing hasn't had the ideal start to life in London, featuring mainly from the bench and in cup matches. But I am backing the Argentinian international to flourish under the regime change.
Erik Lamela, 21, was the third person that Tottenham broke their transfer record on in the summer. First came in Paulinho on 6th July for £17m, then Roberto Soldado for £26m before his £30m deal.
However, due to Tottenham's poor start to the season these figures have largely antagonised fans that are simply frustrated having not seen any value for money. Although, it could be argued that with so many big characters coming in all at once that it was always going to take time to gel.
Nevertheless that excuse wasn't enough for Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, who sacked manager Andre Villa-Boas after just 16 games into the season, despite lying in 7th place and only 5 points off the top 4.
It's fair to say that the £105 million set of signings collectively haven't lived up to expectation. But with a new regime coming in, it could at least be an opportunity for them to have a second chance. And, I believe this could benefit Erik Lamela, a lot more than some of the others.
Lamela has proven in Italy that he is one of the most talented young players on the planet. And, he has shown glimpses of that at Tottenham, but in truth hasn't had a proper run in the first team to showcase his abilities.
The move for Lamela was a bold one by all of the parties. Lamela moved to London with the weight of becoming Tottenham's most expensive ever signing aged just 21-years-old so the pressure was on from day one. So in hindsight, it had all the ingredients of a potential hazardous start.
For some players it can be an uneasy situation losing the man that brought you into the club, but for Lamela and co, I don't think that will be the case.
Under a management where everyone goes back to square one and players are allowed to re-invent themselves, some of the signings may finally show their worth, with Lamela starring in that fightback.
image: © thearcticblues