When you pay £7 million for a player and £28 million for another you expect to be getting top class players, I would imagine. Top class in terms of their talent and potential, top class in terms of their work rate and application and top class in terms of their attitude and behaviour.
Erik Lamela's father has discussed the player's desire to leave North London and head back to Italy just months after arriving from the Italian capital.
Despite the fact Spurs have endured a tough start to the season under Andre Villas-Boas, they currently sit well with their ambitions of a top four finish and Champions League football, just two points off the top four with 17 games left to play.
For a 21-year-old winger to not relish that opportunity and that contest at club that spent so much money on him this summer is unbelievable, or perhaps typical of modern footballers today.
It may not be going quite as the Argentine had hoped but there is no doubting his ability – it’s got to be either his attitude or his confidence, maybe both. Meanwhile, the notably cheaper Nacer Chadli has also seemingly been complaining about his circumstances at White Hart Lane.
His agent Daniel Evrard has speculated that his client is ‘frustrated’ and that his situation at Tottenham is ‘not easy’ – again, just after a few months the player the club put so much faith into, £7 million’s worth of faith, is repaying it by opening the door to rumours of an exit.
When these two wingers arrived it was clear they had the potential and ability to develop into top class player, the application and hunger to do their best for the team.
By the comments from Lamela's father and Chadli's agent, Tottenham have not bought players with the desire to succeed they thought they had – the attitude is not the kind of spirit Tim Sherwood or the Spurs fans need in the present moment and, frankly, they deserve better.
For a combined £35 million you would expect at least a hint of passion or professional pride from these players who are playing in the most intense league competition in the world vying for a place at the World Cup and in the Champions League with Tottenham.
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