With a massive transfer fee comes massive expectation, a lesson learnt by by Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela in North London last season.
The Spaniard became Tottenham’s record signing at the beginning of last August to the tune of £26 million, only to be surpassed by the £30 million doled out for the Argentine later that month.
With £56 million spent between them, the pair were looked upon with great anticipation by those in the Spurs camp.
However, what followed wasn’t a campaign of triumph for either. Soldado laboured to find his form in front of goal, and Lamela barely played amid injury issues and trouble adapting to a new country.
Now, each has been linked with a quick exit from White Hart Lane. Soldado is said to be considering a return to La Liga with Atletico Madrid, whilst Spurs are reportedly willing to see off Lamela for £25 million.
But Clive Allen, Tottenham’s record holder for most league goals in a single season, thinks the two men deserve another shot at justifying their price-tags.
On Soldado, the 53-year-old told talkSPORT: “I would stick with Soldado because I think he has a good track record in terms of scoring goals, but obviously not in the Premier League as he found it difficult to adapt to the different style of play and the types of opportunity which were created for him.”
Allen similarly advocated for Lamela, but said Spurs should sell him if they’re not prepared to let him play through poor form.
“Erik Lamela has got to play too. Mentally, whether he’s strong enough [is up for debate] but you’ve got to see whether he’s capable of performing over a period of time.
“It might mean leaving him in games when perhaps his form isn’t what you expect, otherwise Tottenham will have to cut their losses on what looks to be a horrendous purchase.”
Both forwards missed out on World Cup selection due to their struggles last term in North London, so are assured a full pre-season to ready themselves for their sophomore year should they remain at the Lane.