Erik Lamela mocked in 'lost' poster made by Tottenham fans

Erik Lamela's Spurs nightmare has been compounded by a poster mocking his whereabouts, made by Tottenham fans in North London.

Lamela, 22, was bought by Spurs last summer as the replacement for £86m man Gareth Bale, who left White Hart Lane for Real Madrid in a deal which saw the Welshman become the world's most expensive player. Lamela had starred in Serie A for Roma, and the Argentina international was seen as the perfect player to replicate Bale's success at the club.

But it's been a season of disappointment for the former River Plate starlet, who has started just nine Premier League games this season and scored only once in all competitions, as he has failed to adjust to life in England, whilst injuries have also held him back.

A dire season appears to be all but over after Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood confirmed that Lamela' injury problems would keep him out of action until the summer.

"He is probably not going to play again this season," Sherwood said. "He has been out for a very long time, so he is going to need a pre-season before he can play again. He has been unfortunate with injuries. It's a shame. He has picked up the knocks, and taking in the settling-in period, it is very difficult to do that if you can't go out there and perform. He has had a serious back injury."

"Recently he has taken a backseat, out of the spotlight. It has not been a case of him not being selected or not playing well because he has not been available. He is out of the picture because of his injury. Hopefully he is using this time to learn English and that will stand him in good stead when he comes back," he added.

But just as it seemed things couldn't get worse for Lamela, Spurs fans have poked fun at their £30m flop by mocking up a 'missing' poster illustrating the lack of impact Lamela has had. The poster even says that there would be no reward for finding Lamela, who has been in the wilderness at Spurs for some time now.

The forward clearly has talent, but the adjustment to the Premier League has taken him a lot longer than people anticipated - and if he continues to be the subject of jokes from Spurs fans, he may well choose to leave the club sooner rather than later.

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