The Argentine attacker joined Tottenham from Roma but has struggled to fit in at White Hart Lane with injuries and limited opportunities to play.
Of Tottenham’s seven summer signings, Erik Lamela is probably the player that offered the most excitement amongst the fans – and the one they have seen least of this term.
The Argentina international has struggled to fit into life in England, with language barriers and problems getting to grips with the rough and tumble of the Premier League.
Lamela has been out of action for the last couple of months with injury, with every likelihood that he will not play for Spurs again this season.
The South American winger has only started three Premier League games this term, with a total of nine appearances an underwhelming return after such a large transfer fee in the summer.
Reports have emerged that a number of Serie A sides are eager to bring Lamela back to Italy in the summer.
A fee in the region of half of the £30 million Tottenham paid for the star is being touted as potential remuneration, but what should Tim Sherwood’s men do?
There is certainly an argument that Spurs should back Lamela to get back to fitness and improve, especially given that he has not been given a fair crack of the whip in the White Hart Lane first team.
He has shown fleeting glimpses of his ability when playing and there is no doubting the fact that his technique and skill could make him a hit in London if he is given time.
It took Lamela a season to adjust to life in Italy after a move from River Plate, with his second season in Serie A heralding 15 goals and excellent performances.
However, the temptation will also be there to cut losses and cash in on the star. The funds could then be used to buy much-needed defensive reinforcements, with Tottenham still having the likes of Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and others that can play in the same position as Lamela.
The final decision may well be determined by the player’s current mentality. If he is willing to stay in England and fight for his place in the team, Tottenham would be unwise to discard a player with clear ability.
However, if Lamela is edging towards throwing in the towel and calling it quits at Spurs, the North London club may well have to swallow their pride and accept a significant financial loss on the player.